5.17.2021 Regular Board Meeting

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Agenda Board of Trustees 
Contents 
May 17th, 2021

 

Agenda

Exhibit 5

Exhibit 6

Exhibit 7 

Exhibit 8

 

AGENDA for the regular meeting of the Board of Education to be held at 7:00 PM in the Saddle Peak Commons on Monday, May 17th, 2021

  1. Call to order and roll call

  2. Explanation of Procedures

    • Recognition of visitors and explanation of procedures to be followed when addressing the Board.  Please turn off cell phones.
  3. Public Participation on Non-Agenda Items

    • As required by Montana law, members of the community are given an opportunity to make brief comments to the Board on any matters not included in the agenda. Individuals wishing to be heard shall first be recognized by the Chairperson.  Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make brief comments. The board would like to remind everyone that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the general public. No action may be taken on any matter discussed during the public comment portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is specifically noticed on an agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comment.
  4. Student/ Staff Recognition

  5. Leader Reports

    • 5.1  Superintendent’s Report
    • 5.2  Student Representative Report
    • 5.3  District Clerk
    • 5.4  Board Report        
    • 5.5  Principals
    • 5.6  Sports
  6. Consent Agenda – Board Action

    • 6.1  Approval of video minutes and voting record
             4.1.2021, 4.12.2021 & 4.15.2021
    • 6.2  Approval of April 2021 Warrants
    • 6.3  Approval of April 2021 Student Association
             Accounts/Student Activities
    • 6.4  Personnel Resolution 2021- 5A
    • 6.5  Cancellation of Checks & Warrants: 53742,
             53748, 4014107, 4015103, 4015149 & 10008612
    • 6.6  Transportation Contracts
  7. Prior Business

    • 7.1  Story Creek Elementary School Project Update
             – Bryan Tate
    • 7.2  BSD Meal Charge Policy – Brittany Moats
    • 7.3  Panther Trades Program – Randy Radke
  8. New Business

    • 8.1  Certified Non-Tenured Teacher Contracts – 
             Renewal
    • 8.2  Certified Non-Tenured Teacher Contracts – 
             Non-Renewal
    • 8.3  Certified Tenured Teacher Contracts
    • 8.4  Certified Non-Tenured to Tenured Teacher
             Contracts
    • 8.5  Certified Non-Tenured Administrator Contracts
    • 8.6  Certified Tenured Administrator Contracts
    • 8.7  Certified Non-Tenured to Tenured 
             Administrators Contracts
    • 8.8  Custodial CBA – John Blackman
    • 8.9  Certified Admin CBA – John Blackman
    • 8.10 Canvass Election
    • 8.11 Swearing In of Trustees
    • 8.12 Re-Organization of Board of Trustees
    • 8.13 Performance Evaluation & Reappointment of 
              Board Clerk
    • 8.14 Assign Board Members to Committees
    • 8.15 Summer School ESSER Pay Rate – Dede 
              Frothingham
    • 8.16 Policies 1310, 2050, 2100, 2221, 2410P & 3110
    • 8.17 Land Purchase Discussion

 

 

Exhibit 5.5 Principals - Calendars  

Ridge View Elementary May/June 2021 Calendar

  • May 4th    Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 5th    Cinco De Mayo 
  • May 6th    Class Pictures all grades
  • May 9th    Mother’s Day
  • May 14    20/21 Incoming Kindergarten Assessment Day
  • May 14th  Mr. Johnston’s Birthday
  • May 20th  Bike Rodeo at Ridge View Parking Lot
  • May 30th  High School Graduation
  • May 31st  Memorial Day, No School
  • June 4th   Middle School Promotion
  • June 7th   4th grade Bubble Ceremony
  • June 8th   Last Day of School, Kindergarten Graduation

Exhibit 6.1 Approval of video minutes and voting record 4.1.2021, 4.12.2021 & 4.15.2021

Belgrade School District #44
Special Board Meeting
April 1st, 2021

The special session of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Belgrade Special Events Center by Chair Mary Ellen Fitzgerald and began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Vice Chairman Dee Batey, Trustee Frank Stock, Trustee Nicole Blount, Trustee Holly Murray, and Trustee Steve Garvert were present.  Trustee Ted Mongeon was absent.  Superintendent Saunders was present.  District Clerk Jay Bates was present. 

Administrators present were Technology Director Mitch Irvine, Curriculum Director Mark Halgren, Special Services Director Dede Frothingham and Transportation Director Scott Lilyquist. 

Visitors present were Stephanie Banks, Jerry Leslie, Renae Mattimoe and Cindy Tearo.

Exhibit 2 Explanation of Procedures

Chair Fitzgerald advanced the meeting to Exhibit 2.

Recognition of visitors and explanation of procedures to be followed when addressing the Board.  Please turn off cell phones.

Exhibit 3 Public Participation on Non-Agenda Items

Chair Fitzgerald moved the meeting to Exhibit 3. 

As required by Montana law, members of the community are given an opportunity to make brief comments to the Board on any matters not included in the agenda. Individuals wishing to be heard shall first be recognized by the Chairperson.  Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make brief comments. The Board would like to remind everyone that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the general public. No action may be taken on any matter discussed during the public comments portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is specifically noticed on an agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comments.

Exhibit 4 Boundary Discussion

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 4. 

The board members met at the Special Events Center to discuss the boundary options for the 2021-2022 school year.  There were two (2) options presented to the general public.  Visitor Cindy Tearo made comments to the board about her preference.  She felt like option two (2) would be best.  She was concerned about the shorter streets that would be split in half.  The group also discussed busing options and what opinions they have heard from the community.

 

Belgrade School District #44
Regular Board Meeting
April 12th, 2021

The regular session of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 P.M. in the Belgrade Administration Board Room by Chair Mary Ellen Fitzgerald and began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Vice Chairman Dee Batey, Trustee Frank Stock, Trustee Holly Murray, and Trustee Steve Garvert were present.  Trustee Ted Mongeon attended via Zoom.  Trustee Nicole Blount was absent.  Superintendent Saunders was present.  District Clerk Jay Bates was present.  Student Representative Alexa Dreyer was present via Zoom.      

Administrators present were Technology Director Mitch Irvine. 

Exhibit 2 Explanation of Procedures

Chair Fitzgerald advanced the meeting to Exhibit 2.

Recognition of visitors and explanation of procedures to be followed when addressing the Board.  Please turn off cell phones.

Exhibit 3 Public Participation on Non-Agenda Items

Chair Fitzgerald moved the meeting to Exhibit 3. 

As required by Montana law, members of the community are given an opportunity to make brief comments to the Board on any matters not included in the agenda. Individuals wishing to be heard shall first be recognized by the Chairperson.  Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make brief comments. The Board would like to remind everyone that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the general public. No action may be taken on any matter discussed during the public comments portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is specifically noticed on an agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comments.

Exhibit 4 Student/Staff Recognition

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 4. 

Exhibit 5 Leader Reports

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 5. 

Exhibit 6 Consent Agenda

Chair Fitzgerald advanced to Exhibit 6.

The consent agenda was read aloud by Clerk Bates. 

Chair Fitzgerald then called for a motion to approve the items on the consent agenda as presented.

  • 6.1 Approval of video minutes and voting record 3.8.2021
  • 6.2 Approval of March 2020 Warrants
  • 6.3 Approval of March 2020 Student Association Accounts/Student Activities
  • 6.4 Personnel Resolution 2020- 4A
  • 6.5 Cancellation of checks & warrants: 53643, 53737, 10008462, 004013705, 004014035, 004014669 & 004014972

Chair Fitzgerald called for a motion.  Trustee Stock made a motion to adopt the consent agenda as edited with Deena Sullivan and Kaycee Hould removed from the consent agenda.  Trustee Garvert seconded the motion. Chair Fitzgerald asked for questions and comments.  Chair Fitzgerald called for a final vote on the motion and the second.  The motion passed, 6-0. 

Exhibit 7 Prior Business

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 7. 

Exhibit 7.1 Elementary Construction Update

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 7.1. 

Bryan Tate gave an update on the progress of the school construction project sharing details of what has been done this month, as well as what the plans are moving forward. 

Exhibit 7.2 Elementary Boundaries for 2021-2022 School Year

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 7.2. 

Three (3) scenarios were presented to the board to consider for adoption.  The boundary committee recommended scenario three (3) to the board.  There have been several meetings with the boundary committee and a special board meeting to hear parents opinions. 

Chair Fitzgerald called for a motion.  Trustee Murray made a motion to adopt the third scenario.  Trustee Stock seconded the motion.  Chair Fitzgerald asked for questions and public comments.  Chair Fitzgerald then called for a final vote on the motion and the second.  The motion passed, 6-0.

Exhibit 8 New Business

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 8. 

Exhibit 8.1 Senior Trip

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 8.1. 

High School Teacher Tamara Spangler presented the board with the annual Senior Trip.  They will be going to Lagoon, Utah.  The trip would cost $55.00 per student.  The senior trip would occur May 27th through May 28th. 

Chair Fitzgerald called for a motion.  Trustee Stock made a motion to approve the senior trip.  Trustee Murray seconded the motion.  Chair Fitzgerald asked for questions and public comments.  Chair Fitzgerald then called for a final vote on the motion and the second.  The motion passed, 6-0.

Exhibit 8.2 Yellowstone Trip

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 8.2. 

High School Teacher Kim Popham asked the board for permission to take a group of students to Yellowstone National Park.  Last year and this year’s current students in Advanced Placement Biology courses would attend the trip.  They would take only one (1) bus and it would take place May 16th through the 17th.  25 students and two (2) chaperones would attend the trip.  The trip would be funded be either the science department or the Transformational Learning Grant.  It would cost approximately $2,200.00. 

Chair Fitzgerald called for a motion.  Vice Chairman Batey made a motion to approve the trip.  Trustee Garvert seconded the motion.  Chair Fitzgerald asked for questions and public comments.  Chair Fitzgerald then called for a final vote on the motion and the second.  The motion passed, 6-0.

Adjournment

Chair Fitzgerald called for a motion to adjourn the regular session.  Trustee Murray made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Vice Chairman Batey seconded the motion.  Chair Fitzgerald called for a final vote on the motion and second to adjourn the regular session.  The motion carried, 6-0.  The meeting adjourned at 8:23 P.M.

 

Belgrade School District #44
Special Board Meeting
April 15th, 2021

The special session of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 6:00 P.M. in the Belgrade Administration Board Room by Chair Mary Ellen Fitzgerald and began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Vice Chairman Dee Batey, Trustee Frank Stock, Trustee Ted Mongeon and Trustee Steve Garvert were present.  Trustee Holly Murray and Trustee Nicole Blount attended via Zoom.  Superintendent Saunders was present.  District Clerk Jay Bates was present.  Student Representative Alexa Dreyer was absent. 

Visitors present were Mike Stenberg, Randy Chamberlain, Bryan Tate, Craig Campbell and Jason Karp. 

Exhibit 2 Explanation of Procedures

Chair Fitzgerald advanced the meeting to Exhibit 2.

Recognition of visitors and explanation of procedures to be followed when addressing the Board.  Please turn off cell phones.

Exhibit 3 Public Participation on Non-Agenda Items

Chair Fitzgerald moved the meeting to Exhibit 3. 

As required by Montana law, members of the community are given an opportunity to make brief comments to the Board on any matters not included in the agenda. Individuals wishing to be heard shall first be recognized by the Chairperson.  Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make brief comments. The Board would like to remind everyone that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the general public. No action may be taken on any matter discussed during the public comments portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is specifically noticed on an agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comments.

Exhibit 4 Land Discussion

Chair Fitzgerald proceeded to Exhibit 4. 

The board met to discuss the option to buy land from two (2) potential sellers.  One (1) seller was Randy Chamberlain.  He has two (2) twenty (20) acre parcels in size and they would sell for $56,000.00 and acre.    They are located off of East Cameron Bridge Road. 

The other land option was presented by Craig Campbell.  It is a piece owned by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).  There would be an easement between the district and the DNRC which is the most advantageous for government to government.  As long as the district used the property as something school district related, they could use the property indefinitely.  That piece of property is located on the corners of Amsterdam Road and Thorpe Road. 

Exhibit 5 Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Exhibit 6.2 Approval of April 2021 Warrants

Details for Approval of April 2021 Warrants are not yet available in an accessible format. Please Download/Print Copy Only document or call 406 924 2492 for remaining information.

Exhibit 6.3 Approval of April 2021 Student Association Accounts/Student Activities

Details for Approval of April 2021 Student Association Accounts/Student Activities are not yet available in an accessible format. Please Download/Print Copy Only document or call 406 924 2492 for remaining information.

Exhibit 6.4 Personnel Resolution 2021- 5A

New Hires
Name  Position Location Status Effective Date
Aden Bellcock IT Student Intern IT Hourly 04/21/2021
McCoy Shauna Business Ed/Family Consumer Science High School Salaried 08/23/2021
Peck Claire Math Teacher High School Salaried 08/23/2021
Carton Christina Summer Custodian Middle School Hourly 06/07/2021
Ketcher Ronette Summer Custodian Middle School Hourly 06/07/2021
Position Revisions
Name Position Location Addition/Change Status Effective Date
Rieger Callie Kindergarten Teacher Saddle Peak From SPED-Life Skills Salaried 06/09/2021
Kosciesza Cindy Aide Middle School Added Study Hall Aide Hourly 04/26/2021
Fay Colleen Long Term Sub HQ Resigned Long Term Sub still Sub Salaried 04/29/2021
Michalsky Diane IT Secretary IT IT Support Specialist Hourly 05/10/2021
Mitchell Tom Grounds Seasonal District Wide Seasonal worker only Hourly 3/10-11/9/2021
Samollow Casey School Psychologist Ridge View Change from .02 FTE to .04 FTE Salaried 08/24/2021
Karp Jackson Playground aide Saddle Peak Added Hours .650 to .700 Hourly 05/11/2021
Spring 2021/Fall 2021 New Hire Coaches
Name Position Location Status Season Dates
Heflin Daniel Assistant Football High School Stipend  
Verke MacKinzie Assistant Coach Track & Field High School Stipend March - May
Mullen Micheal Assistant Track & Coach Pole Vault High School Stipend March - May
Talon Taylor Assistant Coach Girls Basketball High School Stipend November - March
Manley Stephanie Assistant Coach Girls Basketball High School Stipend November - March
Lemley Robert Head Boys’ Soccer High School Stipend August - October
Summer School Employees
Name  Position Location Status Effective Date
Stewart Patrick Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Hinshaw Amanda Special Education Paraprofessional   Hourly June 9, 2021
Stewart Kama Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Bullock Lisa Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Pachl Tricia Special Education Paraprofessional   Hourly June 9, 2021
Ketcher Ronette Special Education Paraprofessional   Hourly June 9, 2021
Carton Christine Special Education Paraprofessional   Hourly June 9, 2021
Haag Michelle Special Education Paraprofessional      
Jore Amanda Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
McCormick Allison Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Richardson Selina Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Pachl Kalista Special Education Teacher   Hourly June 9, 2021
Grady Alisha Speech Language Therapist   Hourly June 9, 2021
Resignations
Name Position Location Effective Date
Tucker Kimberly Teacher High School 06/08/2021
Enloe Samantha Occupational Therapist District Wide 04/23/2021
Hickert Ashley Assistant Girls Basketball Coach High School 04/13/2021
Hould Kaycee Teacher Saddle Peak 06/08/2021
Wilcox Kristin Head Speech and Debate Coach High School 04/13/2021 New School Year
Rollins Jordyn School Nurse HQ & HS 06/09/2021
Forsyth Victoria Head Custodian High School 07/09/2021
Wahl Kathleen Speech Language Pathologist High School 06/09/2021
Dreyfuss Dan Custodian Middle School 07/20/2021
Biers Brooke Custodian HQ 05/05/2021
Graham Brittany Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing District Wide 06/08/2021
Bennett Marissa Academic Paraprofessional HQ 06/04/2021
Newell Ashley Assistant Volleyball Coach High School 05/05/2021
Heckman Noah Library Aide Middle School 04/23/2021
Smith Allie Custodian High School 05/17/2021
Miller Andrew Band Teacher High School 06/08/2021
White Rachel Cross Country Coach High School 05/06/2021
Retirement
Name Position Location Effective Date
Galiger Shelly Teacher Saddle Peak 06/09/2021
Marx Norma Bus Driver Transportation 06/08/2021

Exhibit 6.5 Cancellation of Checks & Warrants: 53742, 53748, 4014107, 4015103, 4015149 & 10008612

  • Check # 53742 $132.51 -VOID
  • Check # 53748 $150.00 - VOID
  • Check # 4014107 $845.00 - VOID
  • Check # 4015103 $380.00 - VOID
  • Check # 4015149 $1060.00 - VOID
  • Check # 10008612 $108.51 - VOID

 

Exhibit 6.6 Transportation Contracts

Individual Transportation Contract
School Year 2020-2021
Due to School Clerk June 1

Elementary District Responsible for Reimbursing Contract: Belgrade Elem

County: Gallatin

Legal Entity: 0368

Is this a contract shared between elementary and high school? No

Are you apply for isolation status? No

Check here only if increased payment due to isolation has been approved

  • Elem District approval: No
  • HS District approval: No
  • County District approval: No

Distance from Home to nearest school (one way)

  • EL: 9.0

Students in each grade level covered by this contract:

  • 1-8: 2

Grade: 02

Grade: 06

This contract is for: Grades K-12 2nd Semester Only

Reimbursements Rates: Determined by 20-10-142, MCA

  • EL: $4.20

 

Individual Transportation Contract
School Year 2020-2021
Due to School Clerk June 1

Elementary District Responsible for Reimbursing Contract: Belgrade Elem

County: Gallatin

Legal Entity: 0368

High School or K-12 District for Reimbursing the Contract: High School

County: Gallatin

Legal Entity: 0369

Is this a contract shared between elementary and high school? No

Are you apply for isolation status? No

Check here only if increased payment due to isolation has been approved

  • Elem District approval: No
  • HS District approval: No
  • County District approval: No

Distance from Home to nearest school (one way)

  • EL: 11.0
  • HS/K-12: 11.0

Students in each grade level covered by this contract:

  • 1-8: 5
  • 9-12: 1

School: HQ

School: HQ

School: MS

School: HS

This contract is for: Grades K-12 2nd Semester Only

Reimbursements Rates: Determined by 20-10-142, MCA

  • EL: $5.60
  • HS: $5.60

Exhibit 7.1 Story Creek Elementary School Project Update 

Details for Story Creek Elementary School Project Update are not yet available in an accessible format. Please Download/Print Copy Only document or call 406 924 2492  for remaining information.

Exhibit 7.2 BSD Meal Charge Policy 

Belgrade School District 
Food Service Meal Charge Policy

PURPOSE

At Belgrade School District we are committed to providing access to healthy school meals in a fun and inclusive atmosphere to all students. We believe that well balanced meals help our students perform their best both inside and outside of the classroom. The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability to parents regarding student meal services and collection of outstanding student meal balances.

POLICY

Students who are eligible under federal income guidelines may receive breakfast and lunch at a free or reduced cost. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced meals also have access to breakfast and lunch at the determined meal price. If a student who is not eligible for free meals does not have a positive balance in their meal account or money in hand to pay for a meal, they will receive the same meal that all other students receive. This meal will be charged to their account at the district’s standard rate. Each student is treated with kindness, and each situation is handled discreetly and confidentially by our staff members. No student will be denied a meal unless the parent has instructed the Food Service Department, in writing, to deny meals to their student. 

Please see below the specific guidelines for all BSD students who participate in the school’s meal program:

  1. Charging Meals
    Students without sufficient funds in their account or in hand can charge a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) complete meal* to their student meal account. However, a complete meal will be the only food that they can obtain if they have a zero or negative balance.
  2. A la carte
    A la carte purchases are available for students in grade levels 7th-12th. Students may choose to build a complete meal* from a la carte regardless of their account balance. Creating a complete meal from a la carte is allowed but no solely a la carte purchases will be allowed for students with a zero or negative balance in their meal account. Students may purchase a la carte items regardless of their account balance if they have cash in hand to cover the cost of the a la carte item(s).

    Parents may request a note be put on their student’s account to limit or not allow a la carte purchasing or specify an allowed a la carte spending limit for their student. Notes on student’s accounts have the potential to be accidentally missed by the cashier. Hard stops on students accounts for purchasing limits can be implemented per parent request.
  3. Seconds at Lunch
    Students at all schools and grade levels are allowed seconds of the fruit, vegetable, and salad bar (where salad bar is offered) that is offered that school day, only after they have purchased a complete meal during that meal serving period. Fifth Grader’s, Seventh Grader’s and High School students, regardless of their eligibility status, are able to purchase seconds of the entree at the designated price, only if they have a sufficient amount of money in their account or money in hand to cover the cost. Second entrees are not guaranteed to be available and will only be offered if there are portions of the entree left over after the main serving period.
  4. Milk
    All students can purchase a milk regardless of eligibility status or account balance. If a student brings a cold lunch and wishes to get milk, and their account has a zero or negative balance, they will be allowed to charge a milk at the price of $0.50 to their meal account.
  5. Adults
    Staff may set up an account and must have a positive account balance, check, or cash to purchase a meal or a la carte items. Adults are not allowed to charge meals or a la carte purchases, per USDA policy regarding school food service use of Federal NSLP funds.
  6. Breakfast in the Classroom
    Students who are offered breakfast in the classroom will receive the same breakfast regardless of their meal account balance or eligibility status. If a student orders breakfast but does not eat the breakfast when it is brought to the classroom, the student’s account will still be charged for the ordered breakfast. Students and teachers are responsible for ensuring that students that order breakfast receive the complete breakfast meal once it is delivered to the classroom. If a student orders breakfast the previous day and is absent when it is served, the student will not be charged for the breakfast meal.

    If a student does not order breakfast but wants breakfast, they may go to the cafeteria and get a grab-n-go breakfast. The grab-n-go breakfast meal is not guaranteed to be the same as the meals delivered to the classroom, but will be a complete meal*.
  7. Seconds at Breakfast
    Seconds are not offered at schools with breakfast in the classroom. For all other schools, the same seconds policy applies to breakfast as lunch, just at a variable price for the second breakfast entree when available.
  8. Meal Account Communication
    Meal account balance monitoring is the responsibility of the parent. Multiple attempts will be made to inform households of zero or negative meal account balances from Infinite Campus via parent’s indicated preferred method of communication. Households are strongly encouraged to communicate any unforeseen circumstances or hardships to the District’s Food Service Department, School Counselor, or Principal.
  9. Outstanding Meal Account Balances
    It is the intention of the Belgrade School District that each household will pay off any negative balances they owe by the end of the school year and/or communicate extenuating circumstances to set up a repayment plan with the district for the balance that has been charged against the student’s account. The district will continue to send regular notices to the designated parent regarding outstanding student meal account balances. The health and well-being of our students is the district’s top priority and our administrators will work with households to find viable solutions to repay students negative meal account balances. 

    Parents will be contacted in the following ways:
    • Less than $10 in an account: Low balance notifications will be sent via Infinite Campus on Fridays to parent(s).
    • Negative Balance of $10: Negative Balance notifications will be sent via Infinite Campus on Mondays and Thursdays to parent(s).
    • Negative Balance of $20-50: The Food Service Director will email parent(s). 
    • Negative Balance of $50: The Food Service Director will call parent(s). 
    • Negative Balance of $75: Intervention communication to the parent(s) will be initiated. The intervention may be administered by the District Clerk or Superintendent. 
  10. Payments
    Parents can pay for their student’s meals by cash, check, or online at myschoolbucks.com. Students are responsible for their own money. The school district will not replace stolen or lost cash.
  11. My School Bucks
    BSD Food Service recommends that parents use the online payment system at www.myschoolbucks.com.

    MySchoolBucks is a convenient online service that allows you to securely pay for your student’s meals online using your credit/debit card or electronic check, monitor student’s cafeteria purchases, and receive email notifications for low account balances. There is a small fee assessed by MySchoolBucks for deposits. Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the fee once per deposit transaction. The Belgrade School District does not profit from the use of this site. To offset the cost of this convenience fee, the Food Service Department will provide one bonus meal for online deposits of $25 or more. The resulting account balance must be a minimum of $25.00 to qualify for a bonus meal. The bonus meal will be added to one student account.

    More information regarding MySchoolBucks can be found on the Food Service website.
  12. Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application
    Free or reduced eligibility rolls over from the previous school year for the first 30 days of the new school year. A new application must be filled out and received by the district each school year to determine students eligibility. Students will be at a full pay status until applications are processed and approved for free or reduced status. Households are encouraged to submit a new or updated free or reduced school meal application at any time during the school year. If an application is denied due to financial reasons, the student will remain at a full pay status.

    Applications are available at the school office, from the school cashier, or on our website at bsd44.org. Online applications are now available.
  13. End of School Year Balances
    Prior year balances will be rolled over into the new school year. It is important that each parent verify what, if any, amount is owed on a student’s account at the end of the school year to ensure a smooth transition into the next school year.
  14. Refunds
    If a parent wants a refund from their student’s meal account that amounts to less than $5, they may request and receive this refund via their school’s cashier. If the refund amount is greater than $5, the parent must request the refund from the District’s Food Service Clerk. Account balances for graduating and withdrawn students can be rolled over to another student, donated to the food service donation account, or refunded via mailed check by sending a request to the District’s Food Service Department. Belgrade School District has the right to refuse a refund request due to any circumstances, in which case an explanation in writing will be provided to the parent. Transfers amongst student’s meal accounts may be made upon a written request of a parent at any time. Positive account balances of graduated or withdrawn students without a refund or transfer request within one year of withdrawal or graduation will become the property of the Belgrade School District Food Service Department.

 

Please contact the Food Service Director at (406) 924-2516 or Food Service Clerk at (406) 924-2496 with any questions.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices are listed on our website at bsd44.org.

Note: For the purpose of this policy, parent includes guardian, caretaker, relative, and/or any adult responsible for the care of the student. 

*A complete meal is defined as having at least 3 out of the 5 components (Fruit, Vegetable, Meat/Meat Alternative, Grain, Milk). One component must be milk and one component must be a fruit or vegetable. 

Exhibit 7.3 Panther Trades Program 

Panther Trades Program 

Panther Trades Program is a joint partnership between Belgrade High School and area business/schools that allows for students to attend Belgrade High School in the morning and then work-based learning in the afternoon. 

  • These are very limited offerings and require an application process to apply.
  • Instructor approval is required. 
  • The Panther Trades Programs are available to Juniors and Seniors. 

Current partnerships: 

  • John Deere Academy with Frontline Ag Solutions 

Proposed (in the works) for 2021-22: 

  • CNC machining with Gallatin College 

Sample student schedule 

11th Grade: (Junior)
Semester 1 Semester 2
English English 
Math Math 
US History US History 
Elective Elective 
John Deere Academy (3 credits)* John Deere Academy (3 credits)* 
12th Grade: (Senior)
Semester 1 Semester 2 
English English 
American Government Elective 
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
John Deere Academy (3 credits)* John Deere Academy (3 credits)* 

 

John Deere Academy (3 credits)* 

Typical: 2-3 afternoons online curriculum concerning: An online Web-based training will be provided by Frontline Ag Solutions through John Deere University to complete the “Core Foundations”.

2-3 afternoons “work-based learning” Frontline Technician. 

Notes: 

  • Non-Advanced Studies Diploma 
  • Non-NCAA students 
  • Alt school students are eligible

 

April 22, 2021 

Parents: 

Your student has expressed interest in the Panther Trades startup program with John Deere Academy. This is a new program in its infancy at Belgrade High School. It involves a three-part program. 

  1. Attend Belgrade High in the morning as a normal student. 
  2. An online Web-based training will be provided by Frontline Ag Solutions through John Deere University to complete the “Core Foundations”. This will get them to the prerequisite requirements to attend the “Core Training” at one of Deere’s training centers. With that completed the student is certified. (this would be two-three afternoons depending on student commitment) 
  3. Work-based learning with a technician at Frontline Ag Solutions in Belgrade. (this would be two-three afternoons depending on student commitment) 

During the 2021-21 school year, this will be a limited enrollment opportunity. Tours and interviews with Frontline Ag can be arranged for any student and their family who are interested. There will be an application process for interested students. 

For more information, please contact: 

  • Bert Horsley 924-2540 bhorsley@bsd44.org 
  • Randy Radke 924-2552 rradke@bsd44.org 
  • Andy Hessen 924-2525 ahessen@bsd44.org 

Sincerely, 

Belgrade Schools 

Randy Radke, CTE instructor 
Belgrade Public Schools 
303 N. Hoffman 
Belgrade, Montana 59714 
Phone: (406) 924-2552 Email: rradke@bsd44.org

Exhibit 8.1 Certified Non-Tenured Teacher Contracts – Renewal

2nd Year Non-Tenure List
Date Last Name First Name School Position
8/26/2019 Andres Jennifer Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/26/2019 Armfield Heather Heck/Quaw Elementary Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Barnett Joel Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 6th
8/26/2019 Birkle Katherine Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 6th
8/26/2019 Croghan Rebecca Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st
9/3/2019 Davis Susan Belgrade Middle School Teacher - ESL
2/24/2020 DeGraw Heather Saddle Peak Elementary School Nurse
8/26/2019 DeLorenzo Carly Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/26/2019 Dissly Allison Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
8/26/2019 Enochson Rodger Belgrade High School HS Business/Computers
8/26/2019 Forman Kayla Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/26/2019 Griffith Kayleigh Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Music
8/26/2019 Hagen Nichole Saddle Peak Elementary Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Hoerner Amber Belgrade High School Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Hooper Robin Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/26/2019 Horst Marissa Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/26/2019 Howlett Tiffany Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Science
8/26/2019 Jackson Shelby Belgrade Middle School Family & Consumer Science
8/26/2019 Jacobs Anna Belgrade High School Teacher - Math
8/26/2019 Johnson Ashley Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
9/9/2019 Jones Nicholas Belgrade High School Counselor
8/26/2019 Keifenheim Molly Belgrade High School HS Art
8/26/2019 Ling Crosby Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/26/2019 Matson Chellie Belgrade High School Teacher - English
8/26/2019 McCormick Allison Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Morrill Emily Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
1/3/2020 Mount Alyssa Belgrade Middle School Speech Pathologist
8/26/2019 Parrish Erica Belgrade High School Counselor
8/26/2019 Rieger Calandra Saddle Peak Elementary Special Ed Teacher
1/27/2020 Robecker Tracey Belgrade High School Counselor
8/26/2019 Robinson Juliana Belgrade Middle School Building Coordinator
8/30/2019 Russo Elizabeth Heck/Quaw Elementary Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Schiemann Mary Rose Saddle Peak Elementary Music
8/26/2019 Stine Chrissy Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/26/2019 Stone Cindy Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Band
8/26/2019 Tenny Andrew Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/26/2019 Tolley Teresa Belgrade High School Teacher - P.E.
8/26/2019 Webb Amanda Belgrade Middle School Teacher - History
8/26/2019 Wilkie Morgan Belgrade Middle School Teacher - ELA/ALT English
8/26/2019 Young Melanie Belgrade High School Family & Consumer Science
8/26/2019 Zak Ashley Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
1st Year
Date Last Name First Name School Position
8/21/2020 Bennett Joy Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
8/24/2020 Bennett Rebecca Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/24/2020 Clark Ashleigh Heck/Quaw Elementary Librarian
8/21/2020 Ewen Anna Heck/Quaw Elementary Special Ed Teacher
8/21/2020 Garmer Sydney Belgrade High School HS Math
8/21/2020 Greene Jamie Belgrade Middle School School Psychologist
8/21/2020 Haas Mariah Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/21/2020 MacKenzie Megan Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/21/2020 Mayfield Katie Belgrade Middle School Behavior Analyst
8/21/2020 McDowell Logan Belgrade Middle School School Nurse
8/21/2020 Morani Emily Belgrade Middle School Counselor
8/21/2020 Philhower Catherine Belgrade Middle School MS Math
8/24/2020 Potts Drusilla Heck/Quaw Elementary Occupational Therapist
1/4/2021 Richardson Selina Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Sp Ed
8/21/2020 Ruff Koby Belgrade Middle School PE Teacher
8/21/2020 Samollow Casey Ridge View Elementary School Psychologist
8/24/2020 Taylor Talon Belgrade High School Teacher - P.E.
8/24/2020 Telling Hannah Belgrade High School HS English

Exhibit 8.2 Certified Non-Tenured Teacher Contracts – Non-Renewal

2020-21 Non-Renewal
Date Last Name First Name Location Position
8/26/2019 Horst Marissa Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st

Exhibit 8.3 Certified Tenured Teacher Contracts

2020-21 Tenure List
Date Last Name First Name School  Position
8/27/2007 Adams Jacquelyn Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/28/2013 Aitchison Crystal Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/25/2003 Anderson Michelle Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/22/2011 Aquino Danae Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/29/2016 Armstrong Julie Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Math
2/17/2000 Arthun Paul Belgrade Middle School Teacher-6th,7th,8th Ag/Te
12/4/2013 Aschim Annie Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/28/2014 Barth Madeline Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
8/25/2014 Bermingham Andrea Ridge View Elementary Counselor
8/24/2017 Bertelsen Tayler Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/24/2009 Blackford Lynn Belgrade Middle School Teacher - P.E.
8/28/2013 Blaine Christina Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/29/2016 Bleyendaal Stephanie Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Math
8/24/2015 Blixt Benjamin Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Band
8/29/2005 Boersema Marcia Belgrade Middle School Teacher - P.E.
8/25/2014 Bridwell Carlisle Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
8/23/2010 Bullock Lisa Belgrade High School Teacher - Sp Ed
4/4/2000 Burkhart Katie Belgrade Middle School MS Social Studies
8/24/2009 Burns Erin Belgrade High School Teacher - French
8/27/2007 Busch Julie Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/22/2011 Cady Lisa Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/24/2015 Capp Katherine Belgrade High School Teacher - Science
8/24/2017 Carter Lisa Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
12/6/1995 Celander Ramona Ridge View Elementary Librarian
8/25/2014 Christensen Jessica Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
8/24/2015 Corts Brice Belgrade High School School Psychologist
8/25/2014 Cowley Ann Heck/Quaw Elementary Physical Therapist
8/26/2002 Cramer Shauna Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/22/2011 Curry Graydon Belgrade Middle School MS Social Studies
8/24/2015 Cusick Beth Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
11/24/1997 Dahinden Julie Belgrade Middle School MS 5th Grade
8/25/2003 Damjanovich Andy Belgrade High School HS PE
8/25/1997 Damjanovich Cynthia Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 1st
9/21/2004 Danaher Shelley Heck/Quaw Elementary Special Education Teacher
8/24/2017 Debuse Megan Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
8/30/2004 Deming Michael Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
8/22/2011 Deshner Elizabeth Heck/Quaw Elementary Counselor
8/22/2012 Douma Kortney Belgrade High School Family & Consumer Science
8/27/2001 Dunn Rachel Belgrade Middle School MS 5th Grade
8/23/2010 Duplissa Danielle Heck/Quaw Elementary Elementary P.E.
8/29/2007 Edwards Rick Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
9/27/2011 Feddes Alyssa Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/22/2011 Forsberg Lindsey Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/25/1999 Fowler Sarah Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 6th
1/6/2000 Fraser Tara Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/25/2003 Frisinger Darcy Heck/Quaw Elementary Speech Pathologist
8/29/2016 Gavin Kyle Belgrade High School HS Agriculture
8/24/2017 Gilbert Katie Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/29/2016 Gilbreaith Katie Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 4th
10/7/2015 Golay Jennifer Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/29/2005 Gomez-Morris Ana Belgrade Middle School MS Science
9/25/2002 Goulet Heidi Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/24/2017 Grady Alisha Ridge View Elementary Speech Pathologist
5/2/2000 Grom Jeffrey Belgrade Middle School MS Science
8/28/2006 Hancock Emily Belgrade Middle School MS Science
4/7/2014 Harlen Brent Belgrade Middle School MS Science
8/23/2010 Harper September Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/27/2001 Haverluk Jennifer Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/24/2017 Herbst Russell Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
8/25/2014 Hessen Andrew Belgrade High School Counselor
8/28/2006 Hickok Sara Belgrade Middle School Counselor
8/31/2000 Holgate D. Eddy Belgrade Middle School PE Teacher
8/25/2003 Holleman Tobias Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/29/2016 Holzhauser Sara Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Sp Ed
8/27/2007 Horne Diane Belgrade Middle School Librarian
8/29/2005 Hoskins Matthew Belgrade High School PE Teacher
8/27/2007 Jacobs Eric Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/27/2012 Jacques Frank Belgrade High School HS Art
8/28/2006 Jallings Karen Belgrade Middle School Music
8/27/2012 James Brianna Belgrade High School HS Science
8/25/2014 Jore Amanda Belgrade High School Special Ed Teacher
8/29/2006 Jurkovich Patricia Belgrade High School Special Ed Teacher
8/30/2004 Kashur Brenda Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 3rd
1/6/2015 Kasser Nicholas Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
5/14/1997 Kieckbusch Dawn Belgrade Middle School MS Social Studies
8/27/2001 Kinnaman Eric Belgrade High School HS Shop
8/24/2017 Kirk Morgan Belgrade High School Teacher - Band
8/23/2010 Klatt Jami Belgrade Middle School MS Art
8/29/2005 Korthas Melanie Belgrade High School Librarian
8/25/1997 Larson Dawna Saddle Peak Elementary PE Teacher
8/26/2012 Lehigh Kelli Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 6th
8/25/2009 Lehman Mark Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Spanish
8/27/2007 Lewis James Belgrade High School HS English
11/7/2011 Lonergan Kristen Belgrade Middle School MS 5th Grade
8/22/2011 Lovgren Megan Belgrade Middle School MS Science
8/29/2016 Lupton Patrick Belgrade High School Teacher - Science
8/27/2007 Maczewski Denise Belgrade High School HS Math
8/29/2016 Matye Calie Ridge View Elementary Music
8/24/2015 Mcbride Geoffrey Belgrade Middle School MS Math
8/29/2005 Mccabe Richard Belgrade High School HS Science
8/25/2014 Mccash Abigail Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
10/12/1992 Mclaughlin Deborah Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
8/29/2016 Mclaughlin Shannon Belgrade High School HS English
8/25/1997 Mears Lois Belgrade High School HS Math
9/18/2012 Meyn Richard Belgrade High School HS Science
4/7/2016 Moline Carey Belgrade Middle School Counselor
8/21/2017 Monaghan Maggie Ridge View Elementary Counselor
8/22/2011 Monlux Kelly Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/25/2009 Morgan Dana Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/28/2001 Morgan Michelle Belgrade Middle School MS 5/6 FCS
8/27/2007 Nelson Emily Belgrade High School HS English
8/27/2007 Nelson Laurie Belgrade High School HS English
8/27/2007 Nesbitt Lisa Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
10/17/2012 Newman Melissa Belgrade High School HS English
12/9/2004 Nolte Erin Belgrade High School HS Math
8/26/1991 Page Linda Saddle Peak Elementary Title 1 Teacher
8/22/2011 Palmer Scott Belgrade High School HS Math
8/23/2010 Peterson Leslie Belgrade High School HS Business/Computers
8/29/2011 Pfennig Clarissa Belgrade Middle School MS Science
8/30/2004 Popham Kimberly Belgrade High School HS Science
8/22/2011 Prescott Laurel Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
4/1/1996 Quam Randall Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/28/1995 Radke Edgar Belgrade High School HS Shop
8/27/2007 Rainey Neal Belgrade High School HS Spanish
8/24/2015 Rapstad Amanda Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/25/2003 Reid Becky Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/29/2016 Risinger Brittany Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
9/6/2011 Roberts Joseph Ridge View Elementary PE Teacher
8/24/2017 Robinson Ashlee Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
1/5/2015 Rounds Allie Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/29/2005 Ruane Leslie Belgrade Middle School MS Art
8/28/2017 Ruberg Samantha Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 1st
8/24/2015 Salmon Johannah Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 4th
9/30/2002 Sanders Christine Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/27/2007 Sargent Lisa Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/25/2014 Schaff Richelle Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/27/2001 Schedel Kydee Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/28/2013 Schumacher Carrie Gallatin School District #44 Adm Speech Pathologist
8/29/2016 Scott Jennifer Ridge View Elementary Teacher - Title 1
9/20/2004 Smith Della Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/23/2010 Smith Elsa Heck/Quaw Elementary Counselor
8/27/2012 Smith Sara Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 6th
8/25/2014 Souhrada Donna Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/28/2006 Spangler Tamara Belgrade High School HS PE
11/7/2005 Steadman Kristen Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/1/1984 Steadman Richard Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/24/2017 Stewart Kama Belgrade High School Teacher - Sp Ed
8/24/2017 Stewart Patrick Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Sp Ed
8/23/1991 Stulc Dori Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/28/2006 Swenson Jayme Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/31/2007 Tabor Sarah Belgrade High School Teacher - Science
8/26/1991 Taylor Joan Belgrade Middle School MS P.E.
8/28/2013 Terrazas Joseph Belgrade High School HS Math
8/28/2006 Tex Reyel Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/25/2008 Tweet James Belgrade Middle School MS Math
8/25/2014 Unrein Mishawn Belgrade Middle School Music
8/25/2003 Vanorden Ginger Saddle Peak Elementary Librarian
10/27/2008 Volkman Travis Belgrade Middle School MS Industrial Technology
8/25/1992 Vosler Christine Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/23/2010 Waliser Courtney Belgrade Middle School MS Computers
8/22/2011 Weiss Phillip Ridge View Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/24/2015 Wenger Matthew Belgrade Middle School Teacher - Science
8/24/2017 West-Dejarnatt Jessica Belgrade High School Building Coordinator
8/25/2008 White Rachel Belgrade High School HS Science
8/28/1998 Whitman Jonna Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
1/20/2010 Wilcox Kristen Belgrade High School HS Reading Essentials
8/26/1996 Wille Cindy Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 4th
8/29/2005 Williamson Blake Belgrade Middle School MS Industrial Technology
9/14/1995 Williamson Karolyn Belgrade High School HS Art
8/24/1998 Woody Brooke Belgrade High School Special Ed Teacher
8/24/2015 Zirbel Jennifer Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
11/18/1998 Zwagerman Joy Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 1st

Exhibit 8.4 Certified Non-Tenured to Tenured Teach Contracts

3rd Year Non-Tenure to Tenure List
Date Last Name First Name Location Position
8/27/2018 Cady Haley Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - 2nd
8/27/2018 Israel Ashley Belgrade High School Teacher - Spanish
8/27/2018 Kimball Sydney Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
8/27/2018 Ling Cody Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - 3rd
8/27/2018 Miller Andrew Belgrade High School Teacher - Band
8/27/2018 Murphy Ann Belgrade High School Teacher - English
8/27/2018 Nuckols Traci Heck/Quaw Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/27/2018 Nugent Robert Belgrade Middle School Teacher - History
8/27/2018 Ross Lindsey Saddle Peak Elementary Counselor/Heck/Quaw/SP
9/11/2018 Ross Crystal Belgrade High School HS Social Studies/Hist
8/27/2018 Smith Charlotte Belgrade Middle School Teacher-6th,7th,8th Ag/Te
8/27/2018 Storm Kylie Belgrade High School Teacher - Math
8/27/2018 Taylor Emilee Saddle Peak Elementary Teacher - Kindergarten
8/27/2018 Tiffany Jacqueline Belgrade Middle School Special Ed Teacher
8/27/2018 Torske Taylor Belgrade Middle School Teacher - 5th
8/27/2018 Wells Sarah Belgrade High School Teacher - English
8/26/2018 Wertman Krystal Belgrade Middle School Teacher - English
8/23/2018 Wesen Amy Belgrade Middle School Librarian

Exhibit 8.5 Certified Non-Tenured Administrator Contracts

1st Year
Date Last Name First Name Location Position
7/1/2020 Miller Tyler Belgrade High School Assistant Principal
7/1/2020 Robinson Toby Belgrade High School Activities Director

Exhibit 8.6 Certified Tenured Administrators Contracts 

2020-21 Tenure List for Administrators
Date Last Name First Name Location  Position
8/31/2004 Degenhart Lori Heck Quaw Principal
7/1/2017 Frothingham Deanna District Office Special Services Director
8/5/1992 Halgren Mark District Office Curriculum Director
8/23/2010 Horsley Bertrand Belgrade High School Assistant Principal
8/27/2012 Johnston Matheau Ridge View Elementary Principal
9/29/1990 Mickolio Julie Belgrade Middle School Principal
8/14/2017 Moreno Ruben Belgrade Middle School Assistant Principal
7/1/2018 Saunders Godfrey District Office Superintendent
8/11/2008 Smith David Belgrade Middle School Assistant Principal
8/25/2008 Smith Shanna Belgrade High School Principal

Exhibit 8.7 Certified Non-Tenured to Tenured Administrators Contracts

3rd Year Non-Tenure to Tenure List for Administrators
Date Last Name First Name Location Position
8/8/2018 Cates Patrick Saddle Peak  Principal 

Exhibit 8.8 Custodial CBA 

Memorandum of Understanding Between Belgrade School District #44 and the  Belgrade Custodial, Maintenance and Grounds Workers Local #7767 Montana Federation of Public Employees

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being made and entered into between Belgrade School District #44, hereinafter referred to as Employer, and the Belgrade Custodial, Maintenance and Grounds Workers Local #7767, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

Whereas the Employer and the Association entered into a collective bargaining agreement in accordance with Montana Code Annotated (MCA)39-31-305 that requires a duty to bargain in good faith; and

Whereas the Employer and the Association agree that collective bargaining serves to strengthen and maintain harmonious relations; and

Whereas the Employer and the Association agree that collective bargaining provides the best method to preserve the interests of both parties; and 

Whereas both parties agree that the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic have made completion of the normal negotiations process complex and challenging.

Now therefore, the parties agree to the following:

  1. The term of the current contract shall be extended from June 30, 2021 to June 30, 2023; and
  2. The parties agree to meet annually during the term of this extension for the purpose of discussing and negotiating topics of compensation; and
  3. The parties further agree that during the term of the extension they may meet on other topics that are mutually agreed upon; and
  4. That the parties agree to the attached compensation matrices for the Fiscal Years 2021-2023 and all conditions listed therein; and
  5. That new language to Section 17.02 under prior experience will allow new employees to bring in up to 5 (five) years of prior like experience.

This MOU is subject to the grievance and arbitration articles of the current collective bargaining agreement between Belgrade School District #44 and the Belgrade Custodial, Maintenance and Grounds Workers Local #776.  Dated this ___day of ___.

For Belgrade School District #44
Mary Ellen Fitzgerald - Chair of the Board

For Belgrade School District #44
Godfrey Saunders - Superintendent

M.F.P.E President
Randy Walker

M.F.P.E. Vice President

the District’s discretion.   Failure to maintain a valid boiler license will result in a demotion to a Custodian classification at the District’s discretion. 

 

Subd 4: 

An employee may request in writing an additional 6 months of time, not to exceed a total of 18 months, to obtain or renew a boiler license. Approval is at the discretion of the Building Principal in consultation with the Facilities Director. 

Section 17.02 Prior Experience 

Subd 1:  

In setting a new employee's initial salary (step placement), consideration for prior custodian work experience of up to two (2) steps (maximum) shall be given if the Director of Facilities /Hiring Authority has determined that a school building requires the services of an experienced custodian.

Section 17.04 Additional Compensation 

For assuming additional responsibilities not normally expected of Custodian, Maintenance Worker and Grounds Worker employees, the following premiums shall be paid to members of the unit:

Subd 1: 

Head Custodian for each building site or complex: 

2019-2021 Saddle Peak $1.10/hour
2019-2021 Ridge View $1.10/hour
2019-2021 Heck/Quaw $1.10/hour
2019-2021 Middle School $1.60/hour
2019-2021 High School $1.60/hour

 

Subd 2: 

Selection of Personnel:  The District reserves the right to select the personnel accepted for the positions described in this Section. All members of the unit shall have the right to apply for position under this Section 

Section 17.05 Hold Harmless

If a change in an employee's job status/classification reduces his/her hourly pay, the District may hold the employee harmless from the pay reduction.  However, no pay increase shall be received until the pay based on the new hourly rate exceeds the old hourly rate.  For example, an employee who transfers from a Maintenance Worker position to a Custodian position shall be paid the old

Appendix A

Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Base Increase of 1.5% - From $13.50 to $13.70, Custodian and Groundskeeper
Base Increase of 1.5% - $13.76 to $13.97, Head Custodian and Maintenance - Non Licensed
3% Step Increase

Custodian
FY19-20
 
Groundskeeper
FY19-20
 
Head Custodian
Licensed
FY19-20
Maintenance
Non-Licensed 
FY19-20
Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount
2 13.70 2 13.70 2 13.97 2 13.97
3 14.11 3 14.11 3 14.39 3 14.39
4 14.54 4 14.54 4 14.82 4 14.82
5 14.97 5 14.97 5 15.26 5 15.26
6 15.42 6 15.42 6 15.72 6 15.72
7 15.88 7 15.88 7 16.19 7 16.19
8 16.36 8 16.36 8 16.68 8 16.68
9 16.85 9 16.85 9 17.18 9 17.18
10 17.36 10 17.36 10 17.69 10 17.69
11 17.88 11 17.88 11 18.22 11 18.22
12 18.42 12 18.42 12 18.77 12 18.77
13 18.97 13 18.97 13 19.33 13 19.33
14 19.54 14 19.54 14 19.91 14 19.91
15 20.12 15 20.12 15 20.51 15 20.51
16 20.73 16 20.73 16 21.13 16 21.13
17 21.35 17 21.35 17 21.76 17 21.76
18 21.99 18 21.99 18 22.41 18 22.41
19 22.65 19 22.65 19 23.08 19 23.08
20 23.33 20 23.33 20 23.78 20 23.78
21 24.03 21 24.03 21 24.49 21 24.49
22 24.75 22 24.75 22 25.22 22 25.22
23 25.49 23 25.49 23 25.98 23 25.98
24 26.26 24 26.26 24 26.76 24 26.76

 

Appendix A
Fiscal Year 2021-2022
Each Cell Will Receive Between $0.35 and $0.20 in Descending Order
3% Step Increase

Custodian
FY 21-22
 
Groundskeeper
FY 21-22
 
Head Custodian
Licensed
FY 21-22
Maintenance
Non-Licensed 
FY 21-22
Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount
2 14.05 2 14.05 2 14.32 2 14.32
3 14.45 3 4.45 3 14 3 14.39
4 14.87 4 14.87 4 15.15 4 15.15
5 15.29 5 15.29 5 15.58 5 15.58
6 15.73 6 15.73 6 16.03 6 16.03
7 16.18 7 16.18 7 16.49 7 16.49
8 16.65 8 16.65 8 19.97 8 16.97
9 17.13 9 17.13 9 17.46 9 17.46
10 17.63 10 17.63 10 17.96 10 17.96
11 18.14 11 18.14 11 18.48 11 18.48
12 18.67 12 18.67 12 19.02 12 19.02
13 19.21 13 19.21 13 19.57 13 19.57
14 19.77 14 19.77 14 20.14 14 20.14
15 20.34 15 2.34 15 20.73 15 20.73
16 20.94 16 20.95 16 21.34 16 21.34
17 21.55 17 21.55 17 21.96 17 21.96
18 22.19 18 22.19 18 22.61 18 22.61
19 2.85 19 22.85 19 23.28 19 23.28
20 23.53 20 23.53 20 23.98 20 23.98
21 24.23 21 24.23 21 24.69 21 24.69
22 24.95 22 24.95 22 25.42 22 25.42
23 25.69 23 25.69 23 26.18 23 26.18
24 26.46 24 26.46 24 26.76 24 26.76

Fiscal Year 2021-22

  • Each cell of the Custodial/Maintenance Pay Matrix will receive a $0.35 and $0.20 in descending order.
  • The District will present to the voters an elementary general fund operational mill levy in the amount of $950,000
  • The Board will commit to opening the inter-local agreement between Elementary and High School Districts.

Contingencies

  • If the elementary general fund operational mill levy passes, then the district will reduce expenditures through program cuts and personnel cuts between $250,000 to $400,000 through attrition.
  • If the elementary general fund operational mill levy fails, the district will reduce expenditures through program cuts and personnel cuts up to $900,000 through attrition and Reduction In Force (RIF)

The committee reserves the right to reopen negotiations and reconsider year 2, (Fiscal Year 2022-23)

Appendix A
Fiscal Year 2022-2023
Each Cell Will Receive Between $0.35 and $0.20 in Descending Order
3% Step Increase

Custodian
FY22-23
 
Groundskeeper
FY22-23
 
Head Custodian
Licensed
FY22-23
Maintenance
Non-Licensed 
FY22-23
Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount Step Amount
2 14.40 2 14.40 2 14.67 2 14.67
3 14.79 3 14.79 3 15.07 3 15.07
4 15.20 4 15.20 4 15.48 4 15.48
5 15.61 5 15.61 5 15.90 5 15.90
6 16.04 6 16.04 6 16.34 6 16.34
7 16.48 7 16.48 7 16.79 7 16.79
8 16.94 8 16.94 8 17.26 8 17.26
9 17.41 9 17.41 9 17.74 9 17.74
10 17.90 10 17.90 10 18.23 10 18.23
11 18.40 11 18.40 11 18.74 11 18.74
12 18.92 12 18.92 12 19.27 12 19.27
13 19.45 13 19.45 13 19.81 13 19.81
14 20.00 14 20.00 14 20.37 14 20.37
15 20.56 15 20.56 15 20.95 15 20.95
16 21.16 16 21.16 16 21.55 16 21.55
17 21.75 17 21.75 17 22.16 17 22.16
18 22.39 18 22.39 18 22.81 18 22.81
19 23.05 19 23.05 19 23.48 19 23.48
20 23.73 20 23.73 20 23.18 20 23.18
21 24.43 21 24.43 21 24.89 21 24.89
22 25.15 22 25.15 22 25.62 22 25.62
23 25.89 23 25.89 23 26.38 23 26.38
24 26.66 24 26.66 24 27.16 24 27.16

Fiscal Year 2022-2023

  • Only effective if the FY2021-22 elementary general fund operational mill levy is passed.
  • Each cell of the Custodial/Maintenance Pay Matrix will receive a $0.35 and $0.20 in descending order.
  • The District will present to the voters an elementary and high school general fund operational mill levy.  Amounts to be determined by the Board during the FY2022-23

 

Exhibit 8.9 Certified Admin CBA 

BELGRADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR’S CONTRACT
2021-2023
 

INTRODUCTION

The Board of Trustees of Belgrade School District No. 44 (also known as the "Board, District, or its Designated Representative") enters into this Agreement with District Administrators, legally qualified and licensed school Administrator, who agree to perform the professional duties of their administrative assignment in the public schools of the School District for a period beginning July 1, 2021, and terminating as per Article 10 of this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 1
BASIC CONDITION OF AGREEMENT

The school Administrator agrees to faithfully supervise and administer said schools and programs under the control and direction of the Administrator, during the period as listed above, and, in the performance of these duties as such school Administrator to faithfully comply with the rules and carry out the policies of the Board.

It is further agreed and understood that this Agreement, the rights, and the obligations of the parties hereunder, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Montana, and by rules and regulations adopted by the Board, which are made a part hereof by reference.

The terms and conditions of employment for the school Administrator during the duration of this Agreement shall be as described in this Agreement - unless changed by mutual consent of both parties to this Agreement.

This Contract may be terminated by mutual agreement of the Administrator and the Board in writing upon such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed.
 

ARTICLE 2
DEFINITIONS

SECTION 2.1 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Terms and conditions of employment shall mean the days and hours of employment, the compensation therefore, including fringe benefits, and the employer's personnel policies affecting the working conditions of the employees. Terms and conditions of employment do not mean the educational policies of the school district.

SECTION 2.2 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: For purposes of this Agreement, the term "school Administrator" shall mean any person employed by the School District in a position requiring at least 25% of his/her time devoted to administrative duties and for which licensure is required by the Board of Public Education (BPE).

SECTION 2.3 SCHOOL BOARD OR SCHOOL DISTRICT: For purposes of this Agreement, the term “school district” shall mean the School Board or its designated representative - usually the Superintendent of Schools unless otherwise designated by the School Board.

SECTION 2.4 DUTY DAYS

  • Subd. 1. Duty Days: For the purpose of this Agreement, the term "duty days" shall mean the minimum number of days per contract year that the school Administrator is required to faithfully perform his/her assigned duties at the work site or alternative site approved by the Superintendent - "duty days" is synonymous with actual workdays. Duty days shall be used to determine an Administrator's annual compensation as found in Article 5.
  • Subd. 2. Deviation of Duty Days: Any deviation from this basic number of duty days per contract year requires the approval of the Superintendent.

SECTION 2.5 CONTRACT DAYS: For the purpose of this Agreement, the term "contract days" shall be synonymous with duty days or actual workdays.

SECTION 2.6 FULL-TIME STATUS: For the purpose of this Agreement, the term full-time shall apply to a school Administrator that works at least two hundred and fifteen (215) duty days and a minimum of eight (8) hours per duty day each contract year. The term part-time shall apply to a school Administrator who works less than two-hundred and fifteen (215) duty days, less than eight (8) hours per duty day each, or both per contract year.

SECTION 2.7 OTHER TERMS: not defined in this Agreement shall have those meanings as defined by Montana Statues, appropriate state agencies (e.g., the Office of Public Instruction or the State Board of Public Instruction), District Policy, or reasonable administrative directives.
 

ARTICLE 3 
BASIC SERVICES

SECTION 3.1 PERFORMANCES OF DUTIES

  • Subd. 1. Duties: The herein named school Administrator shall faithfully perform the services prescribed by the Board, whether or not such services are specifically described in this contract or in a general job description, and abide by the rules, regulations and policies, as established by the Board and the State Board of Public Education, and all federal and state laws relevant thereto for the annual salary indicated herein.
  • Subd. 2. Reassignment or Reduction: The school Administrator shall not be reduced in rank or compensation capriciously for the duration of this Agreement.
  • Subd. 3. Professional Conduct: Both parties to this contract agree to act in a professional manner with due regard for the interests of the School District and the rights of the individual professional.
  • Subd. 4. Change of Duties: The school Administrator's duties may be changed by the school district providing that there is no reduction in salary for the duration of this Agreement.

SECTION 3.2 LICENSE REQUIREMENT: The school Administrator shall furnish throughout the life of this Agreement a valid and appropriate license to act as school Administrator in the State of Montana as provided by applicable state laws, rules and regulations for the position named herein.

SECTION 3.3 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: The Superintendent or his /her designee shall conduct a performance review for every licensed Administrator on an annual basis. This performance review shall become part of the Administrator's personnel file. Unless the Administrator waives his/her right of privacy, this document shall remain confidential.
 

ARTICLE 4
CONTRACT YEAR

SECTION 4.1 BASIC CONTRACT YEAR

  • Subd. 1 Starting and Ending Dates: The school Administrator's contract year shall be for the school years as provided herein and shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the following calendar year.
  • Subd. 2 Working Days: The school Administrator shall perform services on those legal holidays on which the school district is authorized to conduct school if the Board so determines. He/she shall be on duty during any emergency, natural or unnatural, unless otherwise excused by the School Board.

SECTION 4.2 CONTRACT OR DUTY DAYS

  • Subd. 1 Length of Contract Year: The basic contract year for the school Administrator shall consist of role-prescribed workdays.
  • Subd. 2 Actual Days Worked: The Superintendent or school board to the maximum benefit of the school program shall do the scheduling of contracted duty days for a contract year. Scheduled days will include the 187 teacher work days, two weeks prior to the first teacher work day, and one week after the last teacher work day. The balance of the contractual days will be scheduled independently with the Superintendent. The school Administrator shall faithfully perform his/her assigned duties at the work site or an alternative site approved by the Superintendent for the duty days scheduled.
  • Subd. 3 Schedule Deviation: Any deviations from the scheduled duty days per contract year require prior approval of the Superintendent.
  • Subd. 4 Duty Day Hours: The duty day for a school Administrator shall be a minimum of 8.0 hours a day excluding lunch. School business meetings involving lunch, breakfast or dinner shall be considered part of the minimum 8.0-hour day requirement. Administrators attending parent-teacher conference evenings will be credited at the same rate as teachers, so that two conference evenings equal one contract day.
  • Subd. 5 Building Hours: The regular building hours for a school Administrator and his/her administrative office shall be submitted annually to the Superintendent for approval prior to the first contract day of a new contract year. However, a reasonable variation from the regular building hours for any school Administrator may be expected to meet the needs of the educational program of the district.
  • Subd. 6 Excess Hours: Unless provided herein in other parts of the Agreement, there shall be no additional compensation given, either direct or indirect, for time worked in excess of 8.0 hours per day.

 

ARTICLE 5
ANNUAL COMPENSATION

SECTION 5.1 - ANNUAL SALARY

  • Subd. 1 Basic Salary: The Board agrees to pay the herein named school Administrator a total annually salary of as follows:
    • (a)   2021-2022 contract years’ salary is calculated based on the Schedule from Subdivision (individual's amount). Such salary shall be consistent with Section 5.2 of this Article.
  • Subd. 2 Additional Compensation: The basic annual salary does not include additional compensation for additional duty days worked as found in Section 5.4. The method for determining the basic annual compensation for this position is found in this Article of the Agreement.

SECTION 5.2 - CALCULATION OF ANNUAL SALARY

  • Subd. 1 Administrative Responsibility Factor:

The Responsibility Factor is intended to compensate the school Administrator for additional job related responsibilities. The Responsibility Factor is calculated as follows:

High School Principal 1.13
Middle School Principal 1.11
Middle School Assistant Principal 1.03
Curriculum Director 1.11
Student Services Director 1.11
Elementary Principal 1.08
High School Assistant Principal 1.05
High School Activities Director 1.00

The Responsibility factor is determined by consideration of several factors including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Building population size
  2. Nature of student population issues
  3. Administrative time dedicated to supervision of student activities
  4. District-wide scope of job
  • Subd. 1(a) To be eligible for the responsibility factor shown above, the Administrator must possess the appropriate license endorsement or have a temporary variance approved by the Superintendent - such approval is at the discretion of the school district.
  • Subd. 1(b) Any change in the responsibility factor of a school Administrator shall be approved by building principal, administration team (including the Superintendent) and school board.
  • Subd. 2 Unadjusted Duty Day Rate: The unadjusted Duty Day Rate is calculated using the Base Pay divided by the 187 days.
  • Subd. 3. The Basic Annual Salary: The Administrator's annual salary is calculated by multiplying the Daily Rate times the Responsibility Factor, times the number of position-assigned Contract Days. Administrators with 0-1 years of experience will receive 87.37% of the Step 5 annual salary and be placed on Step 1 of the certified administrative salary matrix. Administrators with 2 years of experience will receive 91.26% and be placed on Step 2. Administrators with 3 years of experience will receive 93.2% and be placed on Step 3. Administrators with 4 years of experience will receive 97% and be placed on Step 4. Administrators with 5 years of experience will receive 100% and be placed on Step 5. For Administrators who have more than five years of service, they will receive an additional 1% of the Step 5 salary at Step 6 for the 2021-22 contract year and an additional 1% added to a step 7 for the 2022-23 contract year. (provided the passage of the 2021-22 operational levy) 

The District will grant up to a maximum of five years of previous administrative experience to newly hired administrators. Experience refers to the prior administrative experience in district and/or out-of-district. 

An administrator who resigns his or her position and separates their employment for a period of 6 months or more and is then rehired by the district, will be considered a New hire, and only allowed up to a maximum of 5 years of experience.

SECTION 5.3 - EXTRA-DUTY COMPENSATION

  • Subd. 1. Supervision of Student Activities: The District or its designated representative reserves the right to assign high school principals, the middle school principals, and the student activities director the supervision of all student activities scheduled outside of the normal duty day hours. The Superintendent shall mediate any dispute among the appropriate Administrators relating to the fair distribution of the extra workload.
  • Subd. 2. Extra-Duty Compensation: In signing this agreement, the high school principals, the middle school principals, and the student activities director acknowledge that part of the responsibility factor used for the determination of their annual salary is meant to compensate for the additional time spent supervising student activities.
  • Subd. 3. Replacement Personnel for Extra-Duty Assignments: To allow partial relief from these extra-duty assignments, the school Administrators involved with these extra-duty assignments may use substitute personnel for supervision of some student activities without loss of annual compensation. However, all such substitution shall require the prior approval of the Superintendent.

SECTION 5.4 - EXTENDED CONTRACT COMPENSATION

  • Subd. 1 Process for Submission of Proposal: Annually, a school Administrator may request authorization to increase or reduce his/her contracted duty days from the basic 215 duty days. Any school Administrator may submit a written proposal for approval of an extended or reduced contract. The written proposal for an extended contract shall include a brief narrative stating the administrative tasks to be performed, an approximate daily schedule, and a statement of how each administrative task performed will improve the school program. A written proposal for extended time must be submitted each contract year.  The written proposal shall be submitted to the Superintendent. If rejected, the written proposal for an extended contract may be appealed to the school board.
  • Subd. 2. Compensation for Additional Work: Compensation shall be either the Administrator's daily rate of pay, or some other mutually agreed to hourly rate appropriate for the additional work. However, all such compensation requires prior approval of the Superintendent or school board.


ARTICLE 6
LEAVES

SECTION 6.1 - SICK LEAVE

  • Subd. 1 Rate Earned: Sick leave fourteen (14) days annually accumulating to one hundred and thirty (130) or as provide by Montana law for the Superintendent.
  • Subd. 2 Additional Days: At the discretion of the School Board, a school Administrator may be granted additional days beyond their accumulated number of sick leave days in time of emergency.
  • Subd. 3 Excess Days Conversion: After a school Administrator has accumulated one hundred and thirty (130) days of sick leave, the school Administrator will be reimbursed at the end of the school year for their excess unused sick leave days at 1.5 times current substitute pay rate (this excludes substitutes hired during a strike or other non-regular activity).
  • Subd. 4 Definition Sick: Per School Board Policy 5312, sick Leave is defined as a leave of absence, with pay, for a sickness suffered by an employee or an employee’s immediate family. The employee's immediate family refers to a spouse, child, parent, brother, and sister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle or corresponding in-law.

Sick leave may be used by an employee when they are unable to perform job duties because of:

  • Personal illness, injury, sickness, mental illness, or disability;
  • Maternity or pregnancy-related disability or treatment, including prenatal care, birth, or medical care for the employee or the employee’s child;
  • Parental leave for a permanent employee as provided in School Board Policy 5329;
  • Quarantine resulting from exposure to a contagious disease;
  • Examination or treatment by a licensed health care provider;
  • Short-term attendance, in an agency’s discretion, to care for a person (who is not the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family) until other care can reasonably be obtained;
  • Necessary care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition, as defined in the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; or
  • Death or funeral attendance of an immediate family member or, at a Districts discretion, another person.
  • Care of or attendance to an immediate family member for medical reasons. The term “immediate family” means the employee’s or the spouse’s, child, brother, sister, parent, aunt, uncle, grandchildren and grandparent.
  • Care of or attendance to significant others may be granted at the discretion of the Superintendent for serious illness (including mental health) or injury to significant others, based on what is reasonable for each specific situation.

The Superintendent will approve Sick Leave via the online leave balance system. Using sick leave for any reason not shown above is considered an abuse of sick leave. Persistent or patterned misuse of sick leave also may be considered an abuse of sick leave. Abuse of sick leave may be cause for dismissal and forfeiture of cash compensation for unused sick leave.

SECTION 6.2 - PERSONAL LEAVE: Personal leave is defined as a planned absence and does not include sick leave, emergency leave, or professional leave. Seven (7) days are earned annually - accumulated to 10 (ten).

Unused personal leave over 10 (ten) days will be paid out at the end of each contract year equal to half the daily rate of pay based on responsibility factor for each unused personal leave day. The Superintendent, or building supervisor, will approve Personal Leave via the online leave balance system. 

SECTION 6.3 – EMERGENCY: The school Administrator may be granted emergency leave during the contract year at the discretion of the Superintendent or the Board.

SECTION 6.4 - MATERNITY LEAVE/ADOPTION

  • Subd. 1. Access to Sick Leave: Pregnancy or childbirth related health conditions shall be treated as any other temporary disability with all accumulated sick leave privileges available to the school Administrator. For more information, reference School Board Policy 5329/5329P for clarification on Maternity Leave and FMLA.
  • Subd. 2. Continuity: The commencement or duration of leave, extension, accrual of seniority, and other benefits or privileges - protection under health or temporary disability plans - shall apply in the same conditions as operative under other disability leaves.

SECTION 6.5 - BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Bereavement leave shall be granted as per the sick leave policy section 6.1, subd. 4. The Superintendent may have the right to request evidence of such death.

SECTION 6.6 - SERVICE OF SUBPOENA: A school Administrator who is served a subpoena may request to be granted that the day or days necessary to appear without any deduction or loss of basic leave allowance if the subpoena is the result of the school Administrator performing his/her assigned job tasks for the District.  Granting of this request is at the complete discretion of the School District. Any compensation received, relating to the subpoena, shall be remitted to the School District minus travel reimbursement.

SECTION 6.7 RECORD KEEPING: Leave requests and/or absences shall be submitted through the District leave balance system software program for Superintendent approval.
 

ARTICLE 7
FRINGE BENEFITS

SECTION 7.1 GENERAL BENEFITS

  • Subd. (a) Availability: The District will provide insurance programs of Family Health, Family Dental, Family Optical, and Term Life for all school Administrators subject to the limits of the policy and/or carrier.
  • Subd. (b) District Insurance Contribution: The District shall contribute for the cost of group health/hospitalization insurance the amount provided teachers in the BEA Master Agreement except the amount shall be prorated on a 215-day contract.
  • Subd. (c) Combining Entitlements Prohibited: No School Administrator may combine any portion of the premium and/or School District monies with another employee to purchase one policy. If there is dual coverage, the insurance carriers decide which policy is the primary policy.
  • Subd. (d) Liability Limitation: The District's only obligation hereunder is to pay over to the insurance carrier the appropriate premium, contributions and withholdings.  The School District is not the insurance provider and shall not be liable for any claims, for non-payment for claims or failure to provide coverage of benefits
  • Subd. (e) Excess Benefits: any school district contribution remaining after being applied to benefits found in Subd. (a) Shall be non-transferable to any other benefit and shall be forfeited.
  • Subd. (f) Continuation of Insurance: School Administrators retiring or leaving from the system will be allowed to participate in the group insurance benefits at their own expense unless the insurance carrier prohibits this post-service participation.

SECTION 7.2 TERMINATION OF SERVICE PAYMENT: This section of the Agreement contains alternate plans that provide severance benefits to a school Administrator or an early buy-out of any individual benefit. The plans are mutually exclusive. That is, an eligible school Administrator covered by this Agreement cannot participate in more than one of the alternate plans.

  • Subd. 1 Creditable Service: For the purpose of determining years of creditable service under this Section, "creditable service" shall mean the number of years credited to a school Administrator's TRS account for which contributions have been received as required by statute or rule.
  • Subd. 2 Plan A New Plan: A School Administrator with fewer than ten (10) years of TRS creditable service on July 1, 2004 shall be eligible for only Plan A. For an eligible school Administrator, the District shall contribute one and a quarter percent (1.25%) of a school Administrator's annual basic salary, as determined by school Administrator salary schedule, to a tax-deferred annuity plan if the school Administrator matches the contribution.  

The school Administrator may elect to participate or not to participate during any contract year. However, written notice must be received by the district office prior to July 1 of the ensuing contract year of the school Administrator's intent to change their participation status.

Any school Administrator that qualifies for Plan B (old plan) may choose to participate in Plan A instead of Plan B. However, such election to participate in Plan A shall be irrevocable and permanent once made. Benefits under Plan A shall be earned as of the month the election letter is received and no benefits shall be retroactive.

  • Subd. 3. Plan B (Old Plan): A school Administrator with ten (10) or more years of TRS creditable service on July 1, 2004 may select Plan B. Since there are eligibility criteria for Plan B, selecting to participate in Plan B does not automatically make the school Administrator eligible for Plan B benefits. Plan B is comprised of the following:
    • Component 1: Longevity Related: Upon retiring or leaving the school district, a school Administrator shall receive a longevity payment equal to thirty-five percent (35%) of their final year's salary if the school Administrator meets the following eligibility criteria:

The school Administrator has accrued fifteen (15) years of creditable service with the Belgrade School District and a minimum of twenty-five (25) years of creditable service under the Montana Teacher Retirement System (TRS), or the school Administrator has accrued at least twenty (20) years of creditable service under TRS with the Belgrade School District.

A notification verifying the school Administrator's intent to retire or resign from school district employment must be received no later than April 1st of the intended year of retirement/resignation.

If unforeseeable and extreme events, make it necessary for a school Administrator to retire or resign from school district service after the May 1 deadline found in Subd. 1(b), he/she may also submit a hardship petition to the Superintendent or board chair for consideration of an exemption from the deadline.

  • Subd. 4. Early Buy-Out: A school Administrator may elect to buy-out their entitlement of all benefits under either Plan A or Plan B and receive a $1,000 cash payment for surrendering any and all future benefits. Such payment shall be made ASAP upon submitting the proper form to the District Office. A school Administrator is not eligible for this benefit if they will not be employed with the School District for the ensuing year. A school Administrator that elects an early buy-out and subsequently resigns for the next contract year shall reimburse the District for the cash payment with a payroll deduction.
  • Subd. 5. Acknowledge of Receipt: All notices, letters, and/or applications shall be mailed (postmarked) to the Superintendent's Office or hand delivered to the Superintendent's Office.
  • Subd. 6. Benefit Limitation: This section of the Agreement constitutes all monetary entitlements available to a school Administrator on retirement or leaving the school district that are not required by law. If a school Administrator elects to apply, the amount received under Plan B (Old Plan) of this Section to TRS Option 1 to enhance their retirement benefits, the District shall not be required to pay any additional employer contribution to TRS greater than that required under Plan B (Old Plan) if any additional employer contribution required by Option 1 cannot be charged to the Retirement Fund.
  • Subd. 7. Accumulated Sick Leave Payment: Upon retiring or leaving the school district, whether on Plan A or Plan B, the school Administrator shall receive a lump sum accumulative sick leave payment equal to twenty percent (20%) of accumulated sick leave, based upon the daily rate of the last contract year. The school Administrator's actual letter of resignation must be received no later than April 1 of the calendar year the school Administrator terminates employment.

SECTION 7.3 - PART-TIME

  • Subd. 1. Definition: A part-time school Administrator is any employee hired for a position by the school district for less than a full day, less than a full school year, and/or less than full activity.
  • Subd. 2. Proration: A part-time school Administrator shall receive salary and fringe benefits on a prorated basis according to the percentage of the school day, school year, and/or activities they work provided the employee is eligible for the benefits as stated in other sections of this agreement.

SECTION 7.4 - LIFE INSURANCE: At the District's expense, a school Administrator will be provided with $200,000 term life insurance which will be subject to the limits and terms of the policy and/or group insurance carrier.

SECTION 7 .5 LIABILITY INSURANCE: The school district shall provide an errors and omissions liability insurance policy covering the school Administrator in the amount of the present policy.

SECTION 7.6 CLAIMS AGAINST THE DISTRICT: The parties to this Agreement agree that any description of insurance benefits contained in this section are intended to be informational only and the eligibility of any employee for benefits shall be governed by the terms of the insurance policy purchased by the school district pursuant to this Article. It is understood that the school district's only obligation is to purchase an insurance policy and pay such amounts as agreed to herein and insurance carriers shall make no claim against the school district because of a denial of insurance benefits.

SECTION 7.7 INDEMNIFICATION: The school district agrees to indemnify the school Administrator in accordance with Montana law.

SECTION 7.8 CONTINUATION OF INSURANCE

  • Subd. 1 Eligibility: A school Administrator who terminates employment shall be eligible to continue to participate in the School District's insurance plan, if permitted by the terms of the policy(ies) with the insurance carrier.
  • Subd. 2. Payment of Premiums: The separated school Administrator shall pay the entire premium for such insurance. It is the responsibility of the former school Administrator to arrange with the school business office to pay the school district the monthly premium amounts in advance and on such date as determined by the school district.

SECTION 7.9 FRINGE BENEFITS LIMITATION: The fringe benefits described in this Article or other parts of this Agreement constitute the only fringe benefits guaranteed over the duration of this Agreement.
 

ARTICLE 8
OTHER BENEFITS

SECTION 8.1 TAX SHELTERED ANNUITIES: The school Administrator will be eligible to participate in a tax sheltered annuity plan established pursuant to United States Public Law No. 87-370 and school district policy.

SECTION 8.2 CAR & PHONE EXPENSES: The school Administrator will be provided with a NASPO rental vehicle for approved out of district school travel. If no rental vehicle is available, the school Administrator will be reimbursed at the State rate for personal vehicle use.  If the Administrator chooses to use a personal vehicle even though a rental is available, Administrator will be reimbursed at 48% of the State rate. The Administrator will be reimbursed at $50/month for the use of their personal phone, if it carries a data package, $20/month if not.

SECTION 8.3 CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS: The school district shall pay all legally valid expenses and fees for attendance at approved professional conferences and meetings with other educational agencies when attendance thereof is related to the duties of the school Administrator, at single room rate and any inseparable meal expenses included in the conference, convention, or meeting registration fees. Other reimbursement shall be pursuant to school district policy.

SECTION 8.4 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Subd. 1. Administrator Retraining: In order to provide appropriate educational programs for students, the district may find it necessary to retrain an Administrator in a subject area for which the Administrator is not currently licensed. If an Administrator complies with a district-initiated Administrator-retraining request, the Superintendent is authorized to approve some or all of the following as appropriate:
    • District payment or reimbursement of the tuition for all courses required by the college for state licensure for subject area sought by the district.
    • District payment or reimbursement of room and board for all courses required by the college for state licensure in subject area sought by the district or a stipend amount equivalent to the room and board charge for each day of classroom attendance.
    • Use of a district owned vehicle for travel to the campus or mileage reimbursement, whichever is more appropriate.
    • Advancement for all credits earned in the pursuit of the licensure subject area regardless whether the credits are graduate or undergraduate.

This section applies only to an Administrator retraining or education activities that are initiated or requested by the District. Approval of credits for lane advancement under other sections and/or subdivisions of this Agreement do not constitute a district-initiated request for this section.

SECTION 8.5 WORK STOPPAGE: School Administrators, in the event of a strike or work stoppage by other school district employees, shall report for duty to carry out Board policies and directives.

SECTION 8.6 ADVANCED DEGREE: On completion of an Education Specialist Degree or a Doctor of Education Degree, the School Administrator shall be paid an annual stipend as shown below. Individuals can only receive one of the stipends listed, not both.

  • Education Specialist Degree = $1,500
  • Doctor of Education Degree = $3,000


ARTICLE 9
OTHER PROVISIONS

SECTION 9.1 PROFESSIONAL DUES: Professional dues shall be paid for one state and one national professional organization and the dues for any additional professional organizations approved by the Superintendent.

SECTION 9.2 PROFESSIONAL CONVENTIONS: The school district shall pay all reasonable costs to allow at least one school Administrator a year a trip to a national convention. The Superintendent must approve the specific convention and date chosen prior to attendance. Such benefit may be suspended during any fiscal year that the school district is experiencing budgeting problems.

SECTION 9.3 PRORATION OF BENEFITS: Part-time school Administrators shall receive prorated compensation and benefits under this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 10
DURATION

SECTION 10.1 EMPLOYMENT STATUS: This Agreement is subject to the provisions all laws, rules and regulations of the State of Montana relevant to qualification, certification, employment, termination, and discharge.

SECTION 10.2 EFFECT: This Agreement constitutes the full and complete Agreement between the District and the school Administrator. The provisions herein relating to terms and conditions of employment supersede any and all prior Agreements, resolutions, practices, school district policies, rules or regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment inconsistent with these provisions.

SECTION 10.3 – SEVERABILITY: The provisions of this Agreement shall be severable, and if any provision thereof or the application of any such provision under any circumstances is held invalid, it shall not affect any other provisions of this Agreement or the application of any provision thereof.

SECTION 10.4 - DURATION

  • Subd. 1: For licensed school Administrators in their first three (3) years of employment as a licensed school Administrator with Belgrade School District No. 44, the statutory requirements for non-tenured Administrators set forth in § 20-4-206, MCA, shall apply. Non-tenured school Administrator will be provided written notice by June 1 of each year of the Board's decision to non-renew the employment of a non-tenured Administrator.
  • Subd. 2: For licensed school Administrators with more than three (3) years of employment as a licensed school Administrator with Belgrade School District No. 44, the terms and conditions of the contract shall be effective for two years and subject to continuation unless the school board takes action to dismiss the school Administrator pursuant to § 20-4-207 & § 20-4-203, MCA (Teacher Dismissal Law).
  • Subd. 3: For the school Superintendent, the terms and conditions of this contract shall be effective for two years with renewal of such contract pursuant to § 20-4-401.

SECTION 10.5 TERMINATION: The Board may terminate the Administrator during the term of this Contract for good cause and pursuant to Montana Law.

 

ARTICLE 11
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RATIFICATION

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned parties have executed this Agreement beginning on July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2023.

FOR BELGRADE, SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 44:

  • Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, Chair    
    • Date
  • Jay Bates, Clerk    
    • Date

FOR THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS:

  • Lori Degenhart    
    • Date
  • Bert Horsley    
    • Date
  • Ruben Moreno    
    • Date

The Board of Trustees of Belgrade School District No. 44 ratified this Agreement on ___.

 

Administrative Pay Matrix 2021-22
            2021-2022 1% Step
  1.5% Base
Increase*
Daily Rate
Calculated
From Base
Responsibility
Factor
Daily Rate
Based on
Resp. Fac.
Contract
Days
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6
HS Principal $79,134 $ 423.18 1.13 $ 478.19 225 $ 94,013 $ 98,192 $ 100,281 $ 104,460 $ 107,593 $108,668.95
High School AP $79,134 $ 423.18 1.05 $ 444.34 215 $ 83,475 $ 87,185 $ 89,040 $ 92,750 $ 95,532 $96,487.77
                       
MS Principal $79,134 $ 423.18 1.11 $ 469.73 220 $ 90,297 $ 94,311 $ 96,317 $ 100,331 $ 103,340 $104,373.48
MS AP $79,134 $ 423.18 1.03 $ 435.87 215 $ 90,297 $ 85,525 $ 87,344 $ 90,984 $ 93,713 $94,649.90
                       
Elementary Principals $79,134 $ 423.18 1.08 $ 457.03 220 $ 87,857 $ 91,762 $ 93,714 $ 97,619 $ 100,547 $101,552.57
                       
Curric. Director $79,134 $ 423.18 1.11 $ 469.73 225 $ 92,349 $ 96,454 $ 98,506 $ 102,611 $ 105,689 $106,745.60
Sp. Ed. Director $79,134 $ 423.18 1.11 $ 469.73 225 $ 92,349 $ 96,454 $ 98,506 $ 102,611 $ 105,689 $106,745.60
                       
High School Activities Dir. $79,134 $ 423.18 1.00 $ 423.18 220 $ 81,349 $ 84,965 $ 86,772 $ 90,388 $ 93,099 $94,030.16
                  Add for Ed.S $ 1,500.00  
                  Add for Ed.D $ 3,000.00  

Calculation based on Base Pay; Responsibility Factor and Contract Days

 

            2022-2023 1% Step 1% Step
  1.5% Base
Increase*
Daily Rate
Calculated
From Base
Responsibility
Factor
Daily Rate
Based on
Resp. Fac.
Contract
Days
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
HS Principal $80,321 $ 429.52 1.13 $ 485.36 225 $ 95,423 $ 99,665 $ 101,785 $ 106,026 $ 109,207 $ 110,298.57 $ 111,401.56
High School AP $80,321 $ 429.52 1.05 $ 451.00 215 $ 84,727 $ 88,493 $ 90,375 $ 94,141 $ 96,965 $ 97,934.72 $ 98,914.07
                         
MS Principal $80,321 $ 429.52 1.11 $ 476.77 220 $ 91,651 $ 95,725 $ 97,761 $ 101,835 $ 104,890 $ 105,938.69 $ 106,998.07
MS AP $80,321 $ 429.52 1.03 $ 442.41 215 $ 83,113 $ 86,807 $ 88,654 $ 92,348 $ 95,118 $ 96,069.30 $ 97,029.99
                         
Elementary Principals $80,321 $ 429.52 1.08 $ 463.89 220 $ 89,174 $ 93,138 $ 95,119 $ 99,083 $ 102,055 $ 103,075.48 $ 104,106.23
                         
Curric. Director $80,321 $ 429.52 1.11 $ 476.77 225 $ 93,734 $ 97,901 $ 99,983 $ 104,150 $ 107,274 $ 108,346.38 $ 109,429.85
Sp. Ed. Director $80,321 $ 429.52 1.11 $ 476.77 225 $ 93,734 $ 97,901 $ 99,983 $ 104,150 $ 107,274 $ 108,346.38 $ 109,429.85
                         
High School Activities Dir. $80,321 $ 429.52 1.00 $ 429.52 220 $ 82,569 $ 86,239 $ 88,073 $ 91,743 $ 94,495 $ 95,440.26 $ 96,394.66
                  Add for Ed.S $ 1,500.00    
                  Add for Ed.D $ 3,000.00    

Calculation based on Base Pay; Responsibility Factor and Contract Days

Exhibit 8.15 Summer School ESSER Pay Rate

Board Request - Rate of Pay for ESSER Summer Programming

Date: May 12, 2021
Requested by: Dede Frothingham, Mark Halgren

Request: To set an ESSER summer program rate of pay for certified and classified staff

Reason: The school district is obligated to use a certain percentage of ESSER funds for extended school year programming. We are having difficulty hiring enough staff due to more students than usual participating, and propose increasing the rate of pay to meet this mandatory requirement.

Proposed certified rate of pay: up to $50/hour
Proposed classified rate of pay: up to $25/hour

Rationale:

  • We are required to provide the programming.
  • We do not have enough applicants for the number of students signed up.
  • This rate of pay will only be in effect while we are offering ESSER-funded summer programming, then it will revert back to the regular district summer school rate of pay.

Exhibit 8.16 Policies 1310, 2050, 2100, 2221, 2410P & 3110

Belgrade School District #44                                                                                                        R
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES                                                                                                   1310

District Policy and Procedures

The policies contained in this manual are adopted, implemented, and enforced in accordance with the supervisory authority vested with the Board of Trustees in accordance with Article X, section 8 of the Montana Constitution and related statutes, regulations and court decisions.

Adoption and Amendment of Policies

Proposed new policies and proposed changes to existing policies shall be presented in writing for reading and discussion at a regular or special Board meeting.  Interested parties may submit views, present data or arguments, orally or in writing, in support of or in opposition to proposed policy.  Any written statement by a person, relative to a proposed policy or amendment, should be directed to the District Clerk prior to the second (2nd) reading. The final vote for adoption shall take place not earlier than at the second (2nd) reading of the particular policy. New or revised policies that are required, or have required language changes based on State or Federal law, or are required changes by administrative rule, may be adopted after the first (1st) reading if sufficient notice has been given through the board agenda.

All new or amended policies shall become effective on adoption, unless a specific effective date is stated in the motion for adoption. Policies, as adopted or amended, shall be made a part of the minutes of the meeting at which action was taken and also shall be included in the District’s policy manual.  Policies of the District shall be reviewed on a regular basis.

Policy Manuals

The Superintendent shall develop and maintain a current policy manual which includes all policies of the District.  Every administrator, as well as staff, students, and other residents, shall have ready access to District policies. 

Suspension of Policies

Under circumstances that require waiver of a policy, the policy may be suspended by a majority vote of the trustees present.  To suspend a policy, however, all trustees must have received written notice of the meeting, which includes the proposal to suspend a policy and an explanation of the purpose of such proposed suspension.

Administrative Procedures

The Superintendent shall develop such administrative procedures as are necessary to ensure consistent implementation of policies adopted by the Board.

When a written procedure is developed, the Superintendent shall submit it to the Board as an information item. 

Legal References:         § 20-3-323, MCA         District policy and record of acts
                                         10.55.701, ARM        Board of Trustees

Policy History:
Adopted on:     12/1997
Reviewed on:
Revised on:      6/13/2011, 4/15/2014

 

Belgrade School District #44
INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                    2050

Student Instruction

The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to ensure the delivery of education services to students onsite at the school, offsite at other locations using available resources. The District administration or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy.

As outlined in District Policy 2100, and except for students determined by the School District to be proficient using School District assessments, the adopted calendar has a minimum number of 720 aggregate instructional hours for students in kindergarten through third grade; 1,080 hours for students in fourth through eleventh grade and 1,050 hours for students in twelfth grade. 

The School District may satisfy the aggregate number of hours through any combination of onsite, offsite, and online instruction. The District administration is directed to ensure that all students are offered access to the complete range of educational programs and services for the education program required by the accreditation standards adopted by the Montana Board of Public Education.

For the purposes of this policy and the School District’s calculation of ANB and “aggregate hours of instruction” within the meaning of that term in Montana law, the term “instruction” shall be construed as being synonymous with and in support of the broader goals of “learning” and full development of educational potential as set forth in Article X, section 1 of the Montana Constitution.  Instruction includes innovative teaching strategies that focus on student engagement for the purposes of developing a students’ interests, passions, and strengths. The term instruction shall include any directed, distributive, collaborative and/or experiential learning activity provided, supervised, guided, facilitated, work based, or coordinated by the teacher of record in a given course that is done purposely to achieve content proficiency and facilitate the learning of, acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities by, and to otherwise fulfill the full educational potential of each child.

Staff shall calculate the number of hours students have received instruction as defined in this policy through a combined calculation of services received onsite at the school or services provided or accessed at offsite or online instructional settings including, but not limited to, any combination of physical instructional packets, virtual or electronic based course meetings and assignments, self-directed or parent-assisted learning opportunities, and other educational efforts undertaken by the staff and students that can be given for grade or credit. Staff shall report completed hours of instruction as defined in this policy to the supervising teacher, building principal, or district administrator for final calculation.

In order to comply with the requirements of the calendar, District Policy and Section 20-1-301, MCA, the District shall implement the instructional schedules and methods identified in this policy.

Offsite Instruction

The Board of Trustees authorizes offsite instruction of students in a manner that satisfies the aggregate number of instructional hours outlined in the School District’s adopted or revised calendar for a school year affected by a public health emergency. Offsite delivery methods shall include a complete range of educational services offered by the School District and shall comply with the requirements of applicable statutes. Students completing course work through an offsite instructional setting shall be treated in and have their hours of instruction calculated in the same manner as students attending an onsite institutional setting.  

Offsite instruction is available to students:

  1. meeting the residency requirements for that district as provided in 1-1-215;
  2. living in the district and eligible for educational services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act or under 29 U.S.C. 794; or
  3. attending school in the district under a mandatory attendance agreement as provided in 20-5-321;
  4. attending school in the nearest district offering offsite instruction that agrees to enroll the student when the student’s district of residence does not provide offsite instruction in an equivalent course in which the student is enrolled. A course is not equivalent if the course does not provide the same level of advantage on successful completion, including but not limited to dual credit, advanced placement, and career certification. Attendance under this provision is subject to approval of the Trustees.

The Board of Trustees authorizes the supervising teacher or district administrator to permit students to utilize an offsite or online instructional setting at when circumstances require.

Proficiency-Based Learning

The Board of Trustees authorizes proficiency-based learning and ANB calculation in situations when a student demonstrates proficiency in a course area as determined by the Board of Trustees using District assessments consistent with District Policy 1005FE, or other measures approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees waives the minimum number of instructional hours for students who demonstrate proficiency in a course area using district assessments that include, but are not

limited to, the course or class teacher’s determination of proficiency as defined by the Board of Trustees. This determination shall be based on a review of the student’s completed coursework, participation in course delivery, and other methods applicable to the specific course or class. The Board of Trustees authorizes the use of the proficiency determination process for students who have selected this method of delivery, students for whom the School District is unable to document satisfaction of the required minimum aggregate number of hours through the offsite or onsite methods outlined in this policy, or other students whom School District personnel determine satisfy the definition of proficient or meeting proficiency.

This provision is based in the declaration by the Montana Legislature that any regulation discriminating against a student who has participated in proficiency-based learning is inconsistent with the Montana Constitution.

Legal Reference:         Article X, Section 1, Montana Constitution
                                    Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions
                                    Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year
                                    Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging
                                    Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services
                                    Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent
                                    ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Cross Reference:        Policy 1005FE – Proficiency-Based Learning
                                    Policy 2100 – School Calendar
                                    Policy 2140 – Guidance and Counseling
                                    Policy 2168 – Distance Learning
                                    Policy 2410 – Graduation
                                    Policy 2420 – Grading and Progress Reports                     

Policy History:
Adopted on: 
Reviewed on:
Revised on: 
Terminated on:

 

Belgrade School District #44                                                                                                        R
INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                         2100

School Year Calendar and Day

School Calendar

Subject to §§ 20-1-301 and 20-1-308, MCA, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of affected employees, the trustees of a school district shall set the number of hours in a school term, the length of the school day, and the number of school days in a school week.  When proposing to adopt changes to a previously adopted school term, school week, or school day, the trustees shall: (a) negotiate the changes with the recognized collective bargaining unit representing the employees affected by the changes; (b) solicit input from the employees affected by the changes but not represented by a collective bargaining agreement; (c) and from the people who live within the boundaries of the school district.

Commemorative Holidays

Teachers and students will devote a portion of the day on each commemorative holiday designated in § 20-1-306, MCA, to study and honor the commemorated person or occasion.  The Board may from time to time designate a regular school day as a commemorative holiday.

Saturday School

In emergencies, including during reasonable efforts of the trustees to make up aggregate hours of instruction lost during a declaration of emergency by the trustees under Section 20-9-806, MCA, pupil instruction may be conducted on a Saturday when it is approved by the trustees.

Pupil instruction may be held on a Saturday at the discretion of a school district for the purpose of providing additional pupil instruction beyond the minimum aggregate hours of instruction required in Section 20-1-301, MCA, provided that:  (a) Saturday school is not a pupil-instruction day and does not count toward the minimum aggregate hours of pupil instruction; and (b) student attendance is voluntary.

School Fiscal Year

At least the minimum number of aggregate hours must be conducted during each school fiscal year.  The minimum aggregate hours required by grade are:    

  • (a)  A minimum of 360 aggregate hours for a kindergarten program;
  • (b) 720 hours for grades 1 through 3;
  • (c) 1,080 hours for grades 4 through 12; and
  • (d) 1,050 hours may be sufficient for graduating seniors.

In addition, seven (7) pupil instruction-related days may be scheduled for the following purposes:

  1. Pre-school staff orientation for the purpose of organization of the school year;
  2. Staff professional development programs (minimum of three (3) days);
  3. Parent/teacher conferences; and
  4. Post-school record and report (not to exceed one (1) day, or one-half (½) day at the end of each semester or quarter).

The Board of Trustees has established an advisory committee to develop, recommend, and evaluate the school district’s yearly professional development plan. Each year the Board of Trustees shall adopt a professional development plan for the subsequent school year based on the recommendation of the advisory committee.

Extended School Year

In accordance with Section 20-1-301, MCA, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of affected employees, the Board of Trustees may establish a school calendar with an earlier start date and a later end date to ensure students receive the minimum number aggregate instructional hours. The purpose of an extended school year will be to maximize flexibility in the delivery of instruction and learning for each student in the School District. When setting an extended school year, the School District will collaborate with students, parents, employees and other community stakeholders. When proposing to adopt changes to a previously adopted school term the Board of Trustees will follow the procedures outlined in in this policy.

 

Legal References:       § 20-1-301, MCA        School fiscal year
                                    § 20-1-302, MCA        School day and week
                                    § 20-1-303, MCA        Conduct of School on Saturday or Sunday prohibited - exceptions
                                    § 20-1-304, MCA        Pupil-instruction-related day
                                    § 20-1-306, MCA        Commemorative exercises on certain days
                                    § 20-9-311, MCA Calculation of Annual Number Belonging (ANB)
                                       ARM 10.55.701          Board of Trustees
                                       ARM 10.65.101-103   Pupil-Instruction-Related Days
                                       ARM 10.55.714 Professional Development
                                       ARM 10.55.906          High School Credit

 

Policy History:
Adopted on:    June 13, 2011
Reviewed on:
Revised on:

 

Belgrade School District #44 
INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                       2221

 

School Closure

The Superintendent may order closure of schools in the event of extreme weather or other emergency, in compliance with established procedures for notifying parents, students, and staff.

The Board of Trustees is authorized to declare that a state of emergency exists within the community. A declaration issued by the Board of Trustees is distinct from any declaration in effect or previously issued by local, state or federal authorities. An emergency declaration issued by the Board of Trustees authorizes the School District to take extraordinary measures to protect students and staff while delivering education services in a manner authorized by law. The method and location of instruction and related educational services shall be implemented in a manner that serves the needs of students, their families, and staff and preserves the School District’s full entitlement of funding.

The trustees may order the emergency closure of schools for one (1) school day each year, without the need to reschedule the lost pupil instruction time when the closure is the result of an emergency. The 1-school-day closure under this subsection is not subject to the reduction in

BASE aid pursuant to Section 20-9-805, MCA.

In the event of a declared emergency, the School District shall avail itself of all flexibilities allowed by law, rule, or regulation and shall be otherwise governed by the school finance laws and rules of the state of Montana. The School District shall comply with auditing requirements and reserves the authority to assert its rights to manage school district funds or seek state and federal funds in a manner consistent with the full flexibility available under all applicable laws.

If a declaration of emergency is declared by the Board of Trustees, it may later adopt a resolution that a reasonable effort has been made to reschedule the pupil-instruction time lost because of the unforeseen emergency. If the trustees adopt the resolution, the pupil-instruction time lost during the closure need not be rescheduled to meet the minimum requirement for aggregate hours that a school district must conduct during the school year in order to be entitled to full BASE aid. At least 75% of the pupil-instruction time lost due to the unforeseen emergency must have been made up before the trustees can declare that a reasonable effort has been made.

For the purposes of this and related policies, “reasonable effort” means the rescheduling or extension of the school district’s instructional calendar to make up at least 75% of the hours of pupil instruction lost due to an unforeseen emergency through any combination of the following as outlined in accordance with Policies 2050 and 2100:

  • (a) extending the school year beyond the last scheduled day;
  • (b) the use of scheduled vacation days in the district’s adopted school calendar
  • (c) the conduct of pupil instruction on Saturdays;
  • (d) extending instructional hours during the school day.

Cross Reference:         2100    School Calendar and Day
                                     2050     Student Instruction
                                     8110     Bus Routes and Schedules

Legal Reference:         §§ 20-9-801 - 802, MCA         Emergency School Closure
                                    §§ 20-9-806, MCA                  School closure by declaration of emergency
                                    §§ 20-9-805.                        Rate of reduction in annual apportionment entitlement.

Policy History:
Adopted on:    June 13, 2011
Reviewed on:
Revised on:    

 

Belgrade School District #44 
INSTRUCTION                                                                                                                      2410P

High School Graduation Requirements

Publication of Graduation Requirements

Prior to registering in high school, each student will be provided with a copy of the current graduation requirements.  Graduation requirements shall also be included in the student handbook.

Credits

Students shall be expected to earn a total of twenty-two (22) units in order to complete graduation requirements.  Special education students who have successfully completed their IEP leading to completion of high school will be awarded a diploma.

Waiver of Requirement

Graduation requirements generally will not be waived under any circumstances.  However, in rare and unique hardship circumstances, the principal may recommend and the Superintendent approve minor deviation from the graduation requirements. The Board may waive specific course requirements based on individual student needs and performance levels. Waiver requests shall also be considered with respect to age, maturity, interest, and aspirations of the students and shall be in consultation with the parents or guardians.

Alternative Programs

A student may be given credit for a course satisfactorily completed in a period of time shorter or longer than normally required and, provided that the course meets the district’s curriculum and assessment requirements, which are aligned with the content standards stated in the education program. Credit toward graduation requirements may be granted for planned learning experiences from accredited programs, such as university courses, and correspondence courses, extension, and distance learning courses, adult education, summer school, work study, work-based learning partnerships, and other experiential learning opportunities, custom-designed courses, and challenges to current courses. The District shall accept units of credit taken with the approval of the District and which appear on the student’s official school transcript. Credit for work experience may be offered when the work program is a part of and supervised by the school.

All classes attempted at Belgrade High School and all acceptable transfer credits shall be recorded on the transcript.  All grades earned, including failures and retakes, shall be recorded as such and utilized in the calculation of Grade Point Average and class rank.  Credit shall be awarded only once regardless of repetition of the course.

Honor Roll

A student must be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) classes, and a student cannot have any quarter grades lower than a C-.  The earned GPA for the quarter must be a 3.000 or higher.  Specific information regarding Valedictorian and Salutatorian and other honors at graduation is included in the student handbook.

Class Rank (Grade Point Average)

Class Rank is compiled from semester grades.  Courses not eligible for GPA are designated with an asterisk on the report card.

Early Graduation

In accordance with provisions of § 20-9-313, MCA, the Board hereby authorizes the high school principal to grant permission to students who have completed the minimum requirements for graduation after completion of the seventh (7th) semester.

The following guidelines must be met for students wishing to graduate from high school at the conclusion of the first semester of their senior year:

  • A letter requiring early graduation from the parent or legal guardian must be submitted to the principal no later than March 1.  The principal may approve an early graduation request at a later date based on unforeseeable events.  In addition to the parental request, the student must also submit a letter as to why they want to graduate early.
  • To be considered, all required credits must be successfully completed by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
  • Students must have completed seven (7) semesters of high school.
  • Registration for second semester of their junior year must be completed so that they have the proper courses and credits.
  • Early graduates forfeit their right and privilege of valedictorian, salutatorian, and any extra-curricular trips and benefits, including the senior trip, participating in Close-Up, holding any office in any club or organization or traveling to any high school event.
  • It is the students’ responsibility to obtain all graduation information.
  • An agreement must be picked up in the principal’s office and signed by the parent and student.

Post-Graduation

The Board may admit an individual who has graduated from high school but is not yet 19 years of age even though no special circumstances exist for waiver of the age requirements outlined in Policy 3310. The Board authorizes the administration to notify parents and students of this opportunity to enroll after earning a diploma or purposes post-secondary or career preparation. Any student enrolled under this provision shall be included in the District’s ANB calculation.

Educational Disruption

If a student who has experienced an educational disruption meets the minimum high school credit requirement for graduation as established by administrative rules of the Board of Public Education but will not meet a higher credit requirement established by Board of Trustees, the District shall award the student a diploma. The District may distinguish the diploma in a reasonable manner from standard diplomas issued under this policy.

For the purposes of this policy, “educational disruption” means a disruption experienced during grades nine through twelve caused by homelessness, involvement in the child welfare system or juvenile justice system, a medical or mental health crisis, or another event considered a qualifying educational disruption by the District.

Cross Reference:                     1005FE                        Proficiency Based Learning
                                                  2600                           Work Based Learning
                                                  3125                           Homeless Students

Legal Reference:                    § 20-9-313, MCA          Circumstances under which regular average number belonging may be increased
                                                  10.55.906, ARM         High School Credit
                                                  10.55.905, ARM         Graduation Requirements
                                               § 10-1-1402, MCA         Montana Youth Challenge
                                                   Chapter 80                2021 General Legislative Session
                                                   HB 246                      2021 General Legislative Session

 

Procedure History:
Promulgated on:          11/92
Reviewed on:              June 13, 2011
Revised on:                 01/06

 

Belgrade School District #44    
STUDENTS                                                                                                                               3110

Entrance, Placement, and Transfer

Entrance, Date, and Age

The trustees will enroll and admit a child to a school in the district when the child is five (5) years of age or older on or before the tenth (10th) day of September of the school year in which the child is to enroll but is not yet 19 years of age.  Parents may request a waiver of the age requirement. All waivers are granted in the sole discretion of the Trustees.

Non-resident students may be admitted at the discretion of the Trustees. Children will be enrolled in the grade identified in accordance with District policy or at the discretion of the administration in consultation with the student’s parents or guardians. The District requires proof of identity and an immunization record for every child to be admitted to District schools. 

The Superintendent may at their discretion assign and admit a child to a school in the district who is under five (5) years of age or an adult who is 19 years of age or older if there are exceptional circumstances that merit waiving the age provision. The Superintendent may also admit and individual who has graduated from high school but is not yet 19 years of age even though not special circumstances exist for waiver of the age provision of this Policy.

School Entrance

  1. The District requires that a student’s parents, legal guardian, or legal custodian present proof of identity of the child1 to the school within forty (40) days of enrollment, as well as proof of residence in the District.  Students who are not residents of the District may apply for admission pursuant to Policy 3141.  Homeless students shall be admitted pursuant to state and federal law, and Policy 3125. 
  2. To be admitted to District schools, in accordance with the Montana Immunization Law, a child must have been immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubella, mumps, and measles (except that pertussis vaccination is not required for children seven (7) years or older).  Immunizations may not be required if a child qualifies for conditional attendance or an exemption is filed as provided by Montana law.
  3. The above requirements are not to serve as barriers to immediate enrollment of students designated as homeless or foster children are required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Mckinney-Vento Act as amended by ESSA. The District shall work with the local child welfare agency, the school last attended, or other relevant agencies to obtain necessary enrollment documentation and ensure a student receives education services in the best interests of the child. The Superintendent or designee shall serve as point of contact with all applicable agencies to review records, facilitate services and resolve disputes.

Placement

The District goal is to place students at levels and in settings that will increase the probability of student success.  Developmental testing, together with other relevant criteria, including but not limited to health, maturity, emotional stability, and developmental disabilities, may be considered in the placement of all students.  Final disposition of all placement decisions rests with the principal, subject to review by the Superintendent or the Board.

Children of Relocated Military Families

The Board shall assign and admit a child whose parent or guardian is being relocated to Montana under military orders to a school in the district and allow the child to preliminarily enroll in classes and apply for programs offered by the District prior to arrival and establishing residency.

The student will be placed in student data management system as soon as enrolled under this provision. The student will attend classes during preliminary enrollment and the Board authorizes the administration to provide offsite instruction to the student if not present in the District. The District will include a student enrolled under this provision as part of the calculation of ANB.

Transfer

District policies regulating the enrollment of students from other accredited elementary and secondary schools are designed to protect the educational welfare of children.

Elementary Grades (K-8):

A student transferring into the District will be admitted and placed

subject to observation by appropriate teachers and a building principal during a probation period of two (2) weeks.  Thereafter, should doubt arise as to initial grade and level placement of a student, school personnel will conduct an educational assessment to determine appropriate grade and level placement.

Secondary Grades (9-12) Credit Transfer: 

  1. A transfer of credits from any secondary school is subject to a satisfactory examination of the following:
  2. Appropriate certificates of school accreditation;
  3. Length of course, school day, and school year;
  4. Content of applicable courses;
  5. School building as it relates to credit earned (i.e., lab areas for appropriate science or vocational instruction);
  6. Appropriate evaluation of student performance leading toward credit issuance.

The District will follow Montana Accreditation Rules and Standards, along with local alternate procedures for earning credit, in reviewing requests for transfer of credits.  High school principals have authority for approving credit transfers, subject to review by the Superintendent or the Board.

Legal Reference:         § 20-5-101, MCA                   Admittance of child to school
                                    § 20-5-403, MCA                   Immunization required – release and acceptance of immunization records
                                    § 20-5-404, MCA                   Conditional attendance
                                    § 20-5-405, MCA                   Medical or religious exemption
                                    § 20-5-406, MCA                   Immunization record
                                    § 44-2-511, MCA                   School enrollment procedure 
                                       10.16.3122, ARM                   Local Educational Agency Responsibility For Students with Disabilities
                                       10.55.601, et seq., ARM         Accreditation Standards:  Procedures
                                       Chapter 20, 2021 General Legislative Session
                                       H.B. 246, 2021 General Legislative Session

Policy History:
Adopted on:    6-13-2011
Reviewed on:
Revised on:     Dec. 9, 2019

Exhibit 8.17 Land Purchase Discussion

LAND DISCUSSION

The district has entertained discussions on four parcels of land for a future school site.

  • 40 acres on McMillan Road
  • 30 acres on Cameron Bridge Road
  • Possibility of 2 school sites off of Frank Road
  • An undetermined number of acres on DNRC land on Amsterdam Road
  • 10 acre school site on Valley Center, behind Gallatin Heights

UPDATE

The owner of the property on McMillan Road does not want to sell at this time. 

The 30 acres on Cameron Bridge Road has been sold.

The Frank Road site is still a work in progress.

The DNRC property is still available. If interested, the district needs to choose a parcel, so that the DNRC can have it appraised.

The 10 acre site on Valley Center is part of a planned subdivision and is still available. 

PLANNED SUBDIVISIONS

  • Project 238 – 727 home lots/ South Alaska Road - Alaska Frontage Road and East Frank Road
  • West River 40 – 187 lots/Valley Center Road
  • Bolinger Subdivision – 693 lots
  • Prescott – 30% complete?